3 Ways to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Written by Cat O'Connor

"May today there be peace within; may you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us." – Mother Theresa

These words expressed by a woman who gave completely of herself, Mother Theresa spent her life extending gratitude for all of her gifts by way of service to others; giving back to those in the highest level of physical and emotional need.

We are filled and surrounded by abundance. The mere fact that we have been given this gift of breath, of a beating heart, of life – what greater gift could there be?

The only thing greater, I would suggest, would be the recognition and expression of gratitude for this precious gift.

It is up to us to recognize, embrace and utilize our abundance – every day smiling and sharing our many unique gifts with others. This does not have to be as seemingly extreme as Mother Theresa’s actions – dedicating her life to serving the sick and dying – rather it can be in the simple everyday actions and choices in your own life.

When you wake up in the morning, what do you think about? What do you do? Consider taking a moment upon waking to simply lay still and acknowledge the many gifts in your life in that moment – the gift of a new day, a new opportunity to create the life that you desire; the gift of a roof over your head and a bed in which to sleep; the gift of food to nourish you and a family with whom to share that nourishment… The list goes on and is unique to each one of us (yet completely the same, since we are all one; sharing this physical world, our collective energy, on a journey alone, together).

The more we are able to focus our energy and attention on gratitude for the abundance within our lives, the more the other, seemingly negative aspects of our lives will melt away… This is the law of attraction. Like attracts like – the more that you focus on the positive, send out gratitude and recognize the abundance in your life, the more positivity and abundance will be drawn into your life.

Challenge yourself to build and share an attitude of gratitude by incorporating these three acts into your life:

1. Each morning upon waking, lay still and breathe in the new day, recognizing the abundance surrounding you – a bed, a roof, food in the fridge and, more than anything else, the opportunity to begin fresh and anew. A brand new day has just been given to you to discover and explore – what will you do with this gift?

2. As you go about your day, be aware of the seemingly little things which make up your day, your reality. So often, we take them for granted in this life: water running out of your taps, the freedom of walking out of your door into a peaceful street, the gift of mobility via a car, a bus or a subway, sipping coffee and chatting with friends or colleagues… as you come home from your day, take a few moments to write down a list of things in your life for which you are grateful – begin a gratitude journal.

3.As you begin to recognize the limitless gifts in your life, begin to share this recognition with others. Share your understanding, your insights, and your talents. As you begin to share your own abundance and extend these gifts to those around you, you open up possibilities and opportunities for others to do the same, which of course is the greatest gift of all.

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful." – Buddha

With gratitude and abundance overflowing, Namaste.

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