Have an Attitude of Gratitude

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Today is a good day.  In fact, I know that everyday is a good day.  Some will be better than others.  But I will not allow something bad that happens for five minutes or even a few hours in a day to ruin my entire day.  How can I say that with such certainty?  Because I carry with me an attitude of gratitude.  It is a habit that we most often forget, but when we practice it, it brings us so much joy and happiness.  Attitudes are behaviors and reactions that we have based on our perspectives on different situations.  Attitudes can either be positive or negative.  So why not have a positive attitude about things?  When we humble ourselves and have a sense of gratitude, we can actually transform a difficult situation into a much better one.

It is not easy to always remember to be grateful for the things we have in life, so just write them down.  Make a list and use it as a reminder to yourself when difficult challenges arise.

I anticipate a very good Thanksgiving this year, and in honor of the holiday, here is my gratitude list:

  • I am thankful for my loving husband.  He has been nothing but amazing.  He takes great care of me.  I love him more and more everyday.  I am also thankful that he never complains when he takes out the trash or has to get up early to take care of our little Leo so that I can sleep some more.  I am thankful that on the days I am busy and stressed, my husband would stop somewhere and get me food on his way home from work.
  • I am thankful for my best friend.  She is my partner in crime and my eating buddy.  She is always there for me whenever I need help.  She has been putting up with me for almost 10 years.
  • I am thankful for my family.  I know that I will always have their love and support in everything I do.
  • I am thankful for my in laws.  They have welcomed me with open arms from day one.
  • I am thankful for Leo and Chloe.  Their silliness brings me so much joy.
  • I am thankful for my job.  I face difficult challenges at work everyday and they have help sharpen my skills as a consultant.
  • I am thankful for my coworkers.  They help me grow and make my work life more interesting and fun everyday.
  • I am thankful that I am alive, that I can smell the fresh air, that I can see the beautiful sky, that I can taste good food, and that I can listen to music.
  • I am thankful that I have food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear, a car to drive, and a house to live in.

And the list goes on…. 🙂