November 10th, 2014

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Some of us are not born with it. That inept ability to always find the good, see the good and focus on the positive, but there is hope. You can develop an attitude of gratitude if you put some effort into it. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are some great ways to cultivate a spirit of thanksgiving:

  • Find the beauty in the every day: washing the dishes, doing the laundry, paying your household bills and waking up to an alarm each morning because it means you have food, clothes, a home and a family.

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  • Stop comparing yourself to others. Talk about a joy stealer. Does it ever make you feel good? Do you feel like they have it altogether and you are just a mess?  Well the truth is no one truly has it altogether. We all have good days and we all have not so good days. Each of us is uniquely gifted with certain strengths and gifts. Focus on your strengths, your gifts and what makes you unique. Be the best you…. you can!

 

  • Start a Thankful list. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Keep it in your notes on your phone or a small notepad. Just add to it daily or as often as possible. Whether you choose to add one or five things daily, it will keep your focus on what is good in your life and all that you have to be thankful for.

 

  • Bless someone else. There’s nothing like making someone else’s day. Whether you buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you, call an old friend and tell them how much they mean to you, take flowers to someone who needs their day brightened or just make a point to smile at strangers, you can find countless ways to bless others.

 

  • Remind yourself that a thankful heart is a happy heart. Although life is not perfect, we all have many things to be thankful for. Refocus your mind on all that is good and give thanks.

 

I will give thanks to you with all my heart, O Lord my God. I will honor you forever because your mercy toward me is great. Psalms 86:12-13   Want to know God personally?

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