December 18, 2017
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
2017 has been a life changing year for me. My wife’s illness and reduced capabilities has required us make changes and to learn to appreciate what we still have. My having to modify my activities has also introduced changes in my traditional routines.
I have found that the best way to cope with what some would view as losses is to focus on the positive. I, like many others have often not paid close enough attention to things that deserve my appreciation. The following article has helped me focus on just how good I have it,
The Power of Thankfulness: 5 Essential Tips
by Henrik Edberg
No matter who you are or where you live in the world.
- Pause and look around yourself. – A simple first step to being more thankful is to pause during your day and ask yourself these two questions:
◾What are 3 things I can be thankful for in my life today?
◾Who are 3 people I can be thankful to have in my life and why?
If you don’t come up with 3 people and 3 things each day then that is OK. One thing or person is great too. But if you can, try to not repeat yourself too often. Instead, think of more people and things to be grateful for to, day by day, expand your thankful view of your world.
- Express your thankfulness. – Don’t stop at just coming up with people for whom you are grateful to have in your life. Take a few seconds to tell them about it. This will make their lives happier. And as their faces light up with a smile you’ll feel happier too.
Now, that gratitude could just be a small sentence. But it can have a big impact on someone’s day, week or even life. So be sure to make the small effort to express it.
- Look towards yourself too. – It is not only things that are important. Or other people.
You are important and valuable too. So appreciate that. Ask yourself:What are 3 things I can be thankful for about myself?
It could be that you finally got done with that boring or difficult task you had been procrastinating on. Your self-gratitude does not have to be all about achievements. You can simply be thankful for your good sense of humor. Or the help you give your friends and family by being a good listener from time to time.
- Be thankful for the things you may take for granted. – The things we get very used to having can become things we take for granted. But they are not things everyone in the world has access to. A few such things that I like to reflect upon and feel very thankful for having are:
◾A roof over my head and a warm home.
◾Plenty of drinkable water.
◾That I don’t have to go hungry.
◾Being able to enjoy the small and free pleasures of life.
I have found that being grateful for things like these are especially helpful to zoom out and to put my situation in perspective when I am going through a tough time in life.
- Start or end your day with thankfulness. – To make thankfulness into a habit that sticks find a regular time for it in your day. For example, you can start your day in a good way by finding 3 things to be grateful for about yourself over breakfast.Or you can take a few minutes in the evening, just before going to bed, to use a journal to write down 3 things you are grateful for about your day.
Try a tiny time commitment like one of these and see what impact it has on your life.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
A group of 3rd, 4th, 5th graders, accompanied by two female teachers went on a field trip to the local race track to learn about thoroughbred horses and the supporting industry.
When it was time to take the children to the rest room, it was decided that the girls would go with one teacher, and the boys would go with the other. The teacher assigned to the boys was waiting outside the men’s room when one of the boys came out and told her that none of them could reach the urinal.
Having no choice, she went inside and began hoisting the little boys up by their arm pits, one by one.
As she lifted the last one, she couldn’t help but notice that he was unusually well endowed. Trying not to show that she was staring, teacher said, ” You must be in the 5th”.
“No Ma’am”, he replied. “I’m in the 7th, riding Silver Arrow, but thanks for the lift”.
A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell and make you feel happy to be on your way.
A man follows a woman out of a movie theatre, who has a dog on a leash.He stops her and says, “I’m sorry to bother you, but I couldn’t help but notice that your dog was really into the movie. He cried at the right spots, he moved nervously in his seat at the boring parts, but most of all, he laughed like crazy at the funny parts. Don’t find it unusual?”
“Yes,” she replied, “I found it very unusual. He hated the book!”
Life is sexually transmitted.
A 16-year-old girl bought herself a very tiny bikini. She went home and put it on, then showed her mother how she looked in it. “What do you think mom?”
Her mother replied, “I think that if I had worn that when I was your age, you’d be five years older!”
Chaos, panic, & disorder – my work here is done.
Dear Darling Son and That Person You Married,
Merry Christmas to you, and please don’t worry. I’m just fine considering I can’t breathe or eat. The important thing is that you have a nice holiday, thousands of miles away from your ailing mother.
I’ve sent along my last ten dollars in this card, which I hope you’ll spend on my grandchildren. God knows their mother never buys them anything nice. They look so thin in their pictures, poor babies.
Thank you so much for the birthday flowers, dear boy. I put them in the freezer so they’ll stay fresh for my grave. Which reminds me — we buried Grandma last week. I know she died years ago, but I got to yearning for a good funeral so Aunt Berta and I dug her up and had the services all over again.
I would have invited you, but I know that woman you live with would have never let you come. I bet she’s never even watched that videotape of my hemorrhoid surgery, has she?
Well son, it’s time for me to crawl off to bed now. I lost my cane beating off muggers last week, but don’t you worry about me. I’m also getting used to the cold since they turned my heat off and am grateful because the frost on my bed numbs the constant pain.
Now don’t you even think about sending any more money, because I know you need it for those expensive family vacations you take every year.
Give my love to my darling grandbabies and my regards to whatever-her-name-is –the one with the black roots in her hair who stole you screaming from my bosom.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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