You likely, like me, spend an entire day (Thanksgiving) each year being grateful for people, things and much more. Like me, you likely have thought, “Why is it only one day of gratitude?” It doesn’t have to be. We can live with an attitude of gratitude.
I’ve been a long proponent that if “Gratitude is your attitude, then there’s no limit to your altitude.”
Here are a few things that gratitude does:
Gratitude attracts people.
People want to be around people that are appreciative. What does that mean? Think about this. When more people are attracted to you new relationships begin. New relationships grow your network. Networks increase possibilities.
Gratitude brings new Possibilities
With a greater network, a breeding ground is set for new possibilities. With a greater network, you now have resources to make your dreams happen. BUT a person of gratitude will not be selfish with the possibilities these new networks present. Instead, because of their gratitude, they’ll serve their new network.
As you begin to serve others, because of your gratitude, you’ll become empathetic towards others. As your empathy grows, the natural outgrowth is a decrease in aggression. Why? Because of gratitude, you become focused on serving others.
Gratitude Increases Self-Esteem
As you grow in gratitude, you grow your network, see new possibilities, and begin serving others. All these things help grow our self-esteem. As we grow in these areas we begin to be more appreciative of the positives in our lives. Gratitude is the result of loving, serving and growing as a person.
How do I grow in gratitude?
We can begin using the simple “Thank you” and “You’re Welcome”
I’ve have counseled many people to keep a “Thankfulness Journal.” Each morning and each night take a few minutes and write down what you’re grateful for. This will do a few things:
- You begin to see the positive around you.
- Because your brain cannot focus on being worried and grateful at the same time it will diminish the impact of anxiety and worry.
- When you feel “down” you’ll have a reservoir of gratitude to turn to.
When your attitude is gratitude there’s no limit to your altitude.