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“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual….O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” -Henry David Thoreau

 I have a sweet client that’s in the process of retirement from a company she has been with for 40+ years. She said “I didn’t know all these people liked and appreciated me so much. Why does it have to take big life events or holidays to tell people how grateful you are for them and what they mean to you?” Gratitude comes in many forms. In an introspective way, it’s a byproduct of seeing the positive things in our life. It sustains joy and blessings. Gratitude allows our blessings to replay over and over again. Gratitude is internally giving thanks no matter the circumstance. Externally, it’s seen by expressing your gratefulness for each other. If one is truly grateful it will be seen, spoken and/or expressed.

When we train our brain to begin the day with a grateful posture and positive thoughts, it strengthens our ability to walk in the grace of gratitude. Genuine gratitude is the bridge between thanks and giving. It may not change the situation but it can change the outcome. It takes more energy to be negative than to be grateful. Be thankful daily and express it genuinely. ‘Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.’ Share your gratefulness for others. When blessings are allowed to replay over and over again in our head, our perspective and outlook is strengthened.

Five helpful thoughts to develop a grateful perspective:

  1. Begin each day with a thankful heart and thoughts.
  2. Redirect negative thoughts with the most simple or great blessings and joys in your life.
  3. Our visual sense is powerful! Post notes in your house, car etc. of simple and big things you’re grateful for.
  4. By hearing others’ perspectives, it brings your attention to what you are grateful for. Ask others what they are grateful for.
  5. Gratefulness is attractive, beautiful and actually healing to the spirit, soul and body. Allow yourself to be grateful. It’s humility in action.

 “Silent gratitude is just a missed opportunity to be thankful.”-Steven Furtick