How to Become an Amazingly Thankful Person

 

 

How to Become an Amazingly Thankful Person

 

As I was looking ahead I realized that this blog would be posted a couple of days after Thanksgiving.  I have always maintained that living with gratitude should be a way of life, not just something reflected upon once a year.  In honor of Thanksgiving, I would like to lead you towards how to become a thankful person.

 

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton

 

 

Expressing Gratitude Will Improve Your Life

 

Gratitude is an emotion that relates to our ability to feel and express thankfulness and appreciation.  Initially, the study of this emotion had been primarily relegated to the fields of theology and philosophy. Later, researchers like Robert Emmons began investigating gratitude through a psychological lens. He found that expressing gratitude improves mental, physical and relational well-being. In other words, becoming a thankful person impacts your happiness, and the long term effects on your life.

 

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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Overall Benefits of Gratitude

 

  1. Improved physical, emotional (mental), and social well-being (spiritual)
  2. Greater joy and happiness
  3. Increased self-confidence
  4. Increased energy levels
  5. Improved connection and relationships with others
  6. Decreased levels of anxiety and stress related issues
  7. Increased heart and immune system functioning
  8. Increased levels of motivation for self-care and care of others
 

 

How to Become an Amazingly Thankful Person

 

How to become an amazingly thankful person ultimately, has everything to do with your attitude.  I’ve shared with you some research on the major benefits of adopting an attitude of gratitude.  But, in the end, you can choose to be your dour and negative self for as long as you want.  Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.  Again, becoming a thankful person is a choice that only you can make.  Below I am sharing with you a few ideas (and more in Lesson 23) that you can easily follow to become a thankful person.

 

 

Cultivate a Thankful Heart

 

  • Journal 3 positive experiences from throughout the day.
  • Be mindful.  Purposely think about ways to be thankful, and things you should be thankful for!
  • Say thank you often — particularly to those who serve you! But, remember that these words alone without some quality time will lose their impact over time.
  • Linger on thoughts of positive moments from the day.
  • Write down a letter of thanks to someone who has made a difference in your life.
  • Express gratitude at meals alone or with loved ones.
  • Practice not gossiping, complaining or judging for a day and over time this negativity will lessen.
  • Write down what you appreciate about yourself and others.
  • Express or show gratitude to your partner.
  • Think about what you are grateful for each morning.
  • Visit someone and express your thanks.

 

 

Gratitude Means Thankfulness

 

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, special things, and acknowledging everything that you receive.  It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Becoming a person of thankfulness should also shift the focus off of you and onto others.  You are alive and sucking air; therefore, you have a purpose yet to be fulfilled, and a life to lead.  Be thankful for it!

 

 

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How to become an amazingly thankful person in a world filled with self-centered people? Count your blessings. Serve others. Be different. Be amazing.

 

 

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