Gratitude Attitude Sun, Nov 22, 2015
We've got a short work week ahead of us, so make the most of it! Tie up any loose ends you may have before we head out for Thanksgiving break. Since this is Thanksgiving week, I'd like to use this Loop as an opportunity to talk about gratitude. I'll skip the ol' "make a list of things you're thankful for" shtick, so you can be grateful for that, at least!
I consider gratitude to be one of the "Pillars of Happiness." And as it is with happiness, gratitude is a state of mind that needs to be cultivated and maintained. When things are all sunshine and butterflies, it's easy to see things to be thankful for. But when you're going through a rough patch, it can be difficult to "count your blessings." Unfortunately, those are the times that you need gratitude the most. So, what to do? Well, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Gratitude is an attitude. Gratitude is a choice. Gratitude is a habit. It is more an act of will than of feeling. If you make a painful mistake, consciously make the choice to focus on the lessons you learned, rather than dwelling on the shame of failure. When you encounter an irritating problem, frame it as an opportunity to improve and challenge yourself, rather than an obstacle in your way. This doesn't happen overnight, but it can be done, like anything, with practice.
One last note: gratitude, like any other kind of strong energy, is infectious. Make a point of freely expressing and sharing your gratitude with those around you, and you will surely see it spread!