“The habit of waking up with a spirit of gratitude every morning will take care of our attitude on Monday mornings.” —Anonymous
What does having an attitude of gratitude mean?
An attitude of gratitude means that you operate from a place of abundance instead of a place of scarcity and fear. Each of us always has a choice of what we will focus on.
Grateful people give thanks for everything in their life, even on the days when it feels like nothing is going right.
To turn an attitude of gratitude into a sustainable habit, your foundation for feelings of gratitude must be independent of your circumstance
Hence, even on the days when it feels like nothing is going right, you have to find the silver lining and give thanks for what is working.
As Melody Beattie says,
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion to clarity.”
Why is Gratitude important?
We all know how important it is to have a positive attitude. We’re taught to look at the world as a half-full glass, rather than a half-empty one. There’s good reason to adopt this mindset.
Studies show that if you express gratitude, it raises your happiness by 25%. When you take a moment to give thanks for what you have, instead of ruminating on what you don’t have, it fills you up.
If gratitude is so good for your mental and emotional health, then why do so many people struggle to practice it? As humans, we are hardwired to dwell or fixate on the bad.
Psychologists have found that negative events have a greater impact on our brains than positive ones, referred to as the negative bias
As a result, a lot of people tend to move farther away from gratitude, which is an essential precursor to happiness. As Lewis Howes says, “If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”