Don’t you just love Thanksgiving Day? The parades, the football, the food – and all the fun and memories that go with it? Oh, and the best part – the very real reminder to take time to be thankful! Why wait until Thanksgiving, though, to express your gratitude? You have the luxury of living your richly blessed life every single day of the year. So make it a point to recognize those blessings every day.
There’s a really great side benefit to recognizing blessings and being thankful. I often say you attract the things you focus on the most. In this instance, showing gratitude for all you already have only does more to attract further blessings into your life. If you are wondering how it works, here are some ways that showing gratitude attracts more abundance into your life.
You’ll be thankful for the little things. When you’re focused on giving thanks, your mindset becomes way more positive. One major benefit of a positive mindset is you appreciate everything more – not just the big things, but also the little things. Soon you begin to realize that the sweetest blessings come in the smallest forms.
Once you learn to love, recognize, and be thankful for the little things in life, your quality of life will increase because you’ll be aware of how totally blessed you really are.
Your daughter giving you a drawing that says, “Number one mom!” or your husband picking up your favorite flavor of ice cream are things that you should be thankful for. Your daughter thinks you’re a rock star and you have a considerate spouse. How awesome! Acknowledge their actions with gratitude, let them know you are thankful for their thoughtfulness.
You’ll develop an impeccable radar. If you often reflect on the good things in your life, you’ll be able to spot a good opportunity from a distance. For example, you’ll be able to sense a promotion in the works or an opportunity to bring your family closer.
Actively seeking new opportunities to increase your personal quality of life and that of the ones nearest and dearest to your heart will fill your heart with increased gratitude and a sense of accomplishment.
Make it a priority to give to someone in need. When you’re thankful for the bed you sleep in at night, the roof shielding your family from the cold, the family on your couch and the food on your plates, you’re well aware of how blessed you are. As a result, you’re more likely to jump at the opportunity to help someone who has a need that you may be able to meet.
The smallest efforts from you could make a world of a difference in the life of another. Helping your neighbor refine his resume may help him better provide for his family. Donating your used clothing will help keep the homeless warm or a help a struggling family use their clothing budget to meet another need instead. Helping support local community causes such as taking part in a walk for breast cancer may give someone else the opportunity to live another day.
When you help others, you realize you always get back more than you give.
You’ll reach higher. Your grateful ways are a blessing. You appreciate life more intensely when you’re grateful. You also see each day as another chance to bring more joy to your reality, lifestyle, and future and do the same for others.
It’s perfectly normal to be grateful for what you have, yet often desire to reach for more. Constantly improving your life is a good thing for you and your family. There is no reason to feel badly about wanting more, it’s alright. If you help others along the way, it’s even better.
The nice thing about all of this is that once you’re satisfied with your life and feel genuinely happy, you tend to be more positive over all, and extend that positivity TL others. You’ll be more likely to hold the door open at the mall for a stranger or pick up a fallen cane for an elderly man. Your own happiness is magnified when you help bring joy to others.
Your life begins to take a turn for the better when you keep in mind how blessed you really are. Little frustrations and issues don’t bother you as much – they’re just not that important in the grand scheme of things. When living in gratitude, the smallest details can boost your spirits. The misfortune of others will prompt you to help them seek support, and life just begins to look a little brighter for both of you.
Starting today, take your positive mindset to new heights and make every day a personal day of thanksgiving.
Find your purpose – find your joy!
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