Rewards of Gratitude

It comes as no surprise that November, the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S.A., is also National Gratitude Month.

As many of you know, the past few months have been, well, more than challenging for me.

I found myself feeling very negative about life in general. Sure, I was physically tired, and that affected my moods, but being negative doesn't help. In fact, negativity can perpetuate the "down in the dumps" feeling.

Fortunately, there's a way one can overcome the tendency to be pessimistic. It's simple too.

Every morning when you're getting ready for the day, consciously think of 3 things fir which you are grateful. Seriously, think about each of those 3 things and acknowledge how grateful you are for those 3 things.

You can formalize this if you wish by writing the 3 items every morning or evening on whenever is a good time for you. There's a really neat Gratitude Journal on Amazon, the One-Minute Gratitude Journal, and it's only $6.99.

Think about it or write it down. Whatever works for you.

What this does is focus your attention on the positive things in your life rather than the negative. 

It's a way of seeing that the glass really is half full, not half empty.

When you focus on the positive, it improves your attitude. Do it often enough, and optimistic thoughts will come more quickly to you than pessimistic ones. 

If you always see the half-full glass, life will seem better. In fact, a positive attitude will improve your outlook on life and your ability to handle challenges.

Takeaway Truth

Since today is November 1, try this every day for the next 30. Be conscious of all that's good in your life. See if your overall attitude has improved by the end of the month. Btw, I'm grateful for those who read SlingWords. Have a great November!

Glass Image by HoldMyPixels from Pixabay.

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  1. As our friend used to say, any day you wake up on this side of the ground is a day to be grateful. LOL There are ALWAYS things for which we can be grateful.

    1. Very true. We often forget to remember that when we're in the throes of agony. The trick is to make gratitude a habit.