Since Thanksgiving is around the corner I thought I would talk about being grateful. I once heard a preacher say something about being grateful that I would never forget. He said “gratitude changes attitude”. When I heard this I started to wonder if that was really true, so I decided to try it. For a couple days, every time I woke up I would say at least three things I was thankful for and if I got upset throughout the day I would take a second to remind myself of the things I was grateful for. From the first day I noticed I was in a happier mood and that mood would even carry onto the next day. Ever since then I try to remind myself to be grateful. You’re probably thinking “yes be grateful blah blah blah, we heard this all the time” and yes we do but one thing is hearing it and another is actually understanding this. Understanding means you act grateful, because anyone can “say” they are grateful. But as the old saying goes, “you can’t just walk the walk you must also talk the talk”. You can tell when someone is grateful when they don’t complain about what they don’t have, or when someone sees the glass half full rather than half empty. It only takes 5 minutes to stop what you’re doing and just acknowledge at least three things you are grateful for. Do that once a day and you’ll begin to notice the difference in yourself.
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