November 22, 2021
“Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.”
This Thursday is our Thnksgiving Holiday in my country. It is a time when we are challenged to examine our lives and identify all the good that is in them. Traditiolay we feast together with family and friends but unfortunately some of us fail to use the day to express our gratitiude for what we have.
Gratitude is something we should practice everyday and not just once a year, if we do we will be a step closer to happiness. Here a piece I got from the Simple Truth web site that can help reap the benefits from expressing our gratitude.
4 Ways to Practice Gratitude in Your Life
It’s easy to be grateful for the big moments in your life, but in the day-to-day craziness, sometimes we forget to be grateful for all of the people and the little things in life that make us happy. Plus expressing your gratitude can help you feel less stress and more happiness.
It’s always great to remember all the good things in your life, so here are 4 tips for finding more gratitude:
1. Be thankful for what DIDN’T happen. – No matter how bad things are, they could almost always be worse. Start finding gratitude for what could have happened but didn’t. You may not be thankful for everything in your life, but you can always be thankful for something.
2. Don’t hold on to your anger or hurt. – Though you may not realize it, you are always choosing between two ways of perceiving: Looking to the world for reasons to be upset, or looking in your heart for reasons to be happy. You can’t be upset and grateful at the same time, and life is too short to look for reasons to be upset. Try to remember that patience and tolerance bring you happiness, while anger and hatred bring you suffering.
3. Savor life’s little moments. – Italian poet and novelist Cesare Pavese once said, “We do not remember days; we remember moments.” At today’s hectic pace, however, we often forget to live in the moment, to just be. And by just being, by just soaking up a beautiful moment, we can find some of life’s greatest pleasures.
4. Express your gratitude by living it. – Expressing gratitude brings even more things to be grateful for. No matter what’s going on around you, look for things to appreciate, and then express your appreciation. You don’t spread gratitude by preaching or scolding—you spread it by living it. Every moment. Every hour. Every day. John F. Kennedy said it best, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Finding something to be grateful for and expressing your gratitude helps you find more happiness in your life (and you can spread that happiness and attitude of gratitude on to others). So show your friends and family how much you appreciate them, and show your appreciation for life’s perfect little moments.
“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
She said that if she ran the world:
Medical research money would be spent on developing new birth control methods for men.
Women with cold hands would give men prostate exams.
Men would be forced to purchase overpriced clothes every season.
Overweight men would be encouraged to wear girdles.
PMS would be a legitimate defense in court.
Shopping would be considered an aerobic activity.
Men would get reputations for sleeping around.
“Ms. Magazine” would have an annual swimsuit issue featuring scantily clad male models.
Men who designed women’s shoes would be forced to wear them.
Men would earn 70 cents for every dollar women make.
Men would learn phrases like: I’m sorry, I love you, You’re beautiful, Of course you don’t look fat in that outfit, Go to sleep-I’ll take care of the baby, etc.
Men would be judged entirely by their looks, women by their accomplishments.
Men would pay as much attention to their women as their cars.
All men would be forced to spend one month in a PMS simulator.
Men would have their wedding rings permanently attached so they can’t pretend to be single.
For basic training, soldiers would have to take care of a two-year old for six weeks.
My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.
A guy was known among his friends to be very brief and to the point – he really never said too much. One day, a saleswoman promoting a certain brand of brushes, knocked his door and asked to see his wife, so the guy told her that she wasn’t home.
“Well,” the woman said, “could I please wait for her?”
The man directed her to the living room and left her there for more than three hours.
After feeling really worried, she called out for him and asked, “May I know where your wife is?”
“She went to the cemetery,” he replied.
“And when is she coming back?”
“I don’t really know,” he said. “She’s been there eleven years now.”
“My grandfather’s a little forgetful, but he likes to give me advice. One day he took me aside and left me there.”
Women love to talk. Silence intimidates them and they feel a need to fill it, even if they have nothing to say.
Women need to feel like there are people worse off than they are. That’s why soap operas and Oprah Winfrey-type shows are so successful.
Women don’t need sex as often as men do. This is because sex is more physical for men and more emotional for women. Just knowing that the man *wants* to have sex with them fulfills the emotional need.
Women can’t keep secrets. They eat away at them from the inside. And they don’t view it as being untrustworthy, providing they only tell two or three people.
The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.
What the dictionary does not tell you definitions:
AMNESIA: Condition that enables a woman who has gone through labor to make love again.
DUMBWAITER: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.
FAMILY PLANNING: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster.
FEEDBACK: The inevitable result when your baby doesn’t appreciate strained carrots.
FULL NAME: What you call your child when you’re mad at him.
GRANDPARENTS: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they’re sure you’re not raising them right.
HEARSAY: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.
IMPREGNABLE: A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.
INDEPENDENT: How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.
OW: The first word spoken by children with older siblings.
PUDDLE: a small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.
SHOW OFF: a child who is more talented than yours.
STERILIZE: what you do to your first baby’s pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby’s pacifier by blowing or sucking on it.
TOP BUNK: where you should never put a child wearing Superman pajamas.
TWO MINUTE WARNING: when the baby’s face turns red and she begins to make those familiar grunting noises.
VERBAL: able to whine in words
How many of you believe in telekinesis? Raise my hands….
Little Guido was sitting on a park bench munching on one candy bar after another. After the 6th one a man on the bench across from him said, “Son, you know eating all that candy isn’t good for you. It will give you acne, rot your teeth, make you fat.”
Little Guido replied, “My grandfather lived to be 107 years old.”
The man asked, “Did your grandfather eat 6 candy bars at a time?”
Little Guido answered, “No, he minded his own Damn business!”
“Don’t spend $2 to dry-clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They’ll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for 75 cents.”
The room was full of pregnant women and their partners, and the Lamaze class was in full swing.
The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe properly, along with informing the men how to give the necessary assurances at this stage of the plan.
The teacher then announced, “Ladies, exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. And, gentlemen, it wouldn’t hurt you to take the time to go walking with your partner!”
The room really got quiet. Finally, a man in the middle of the group raised his hand.
“Yes?” replied the teacher…
“Is it all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?”
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
William Arthur Ward
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