Gratitude, Gratefulness, Thanks and Thankfulness Create JOY

What am I grateful for?

There is always something to be grateful for. The smallest of things bring me the greatest gratitude. When you feel you are “stuck” in your darkest moment, gratitude will provide the way out. During dark times it’s hard to see positive forces when obstacles are blaring, and fears are looming.

The benefits of practicing gratitude are life-altering. Gratitude puts situations into perspective. When we can see the good as well as the bad, it becomes more difficult to complain and stay stuck. Gratitude helps us realize what we have. This will lessen our need for wanting more or looking for answers using dead-end “Why?” questions about the past. Feeling grateful or thankful each day for the little things in your life opens the door to happiness and JOY.

Pure JOY comes to you when you can wake up in the morning and say:

Thanks for this day!

I’ve jot this.

I promise to smile, share and be grateful.

The positive effects on your outlook and your life will change the moment you shift your focus to gratitude, gratefulness, thanks and thankfulness.

I write in my Gratitude Journal first thing in the morning and again just before bed. Morning is a great time for gratitude as it sets your mood for the day. Writing at night keeps your mind from spinning in neutral. The last 20 minutes before you sleep is the optimal time to set your mind to work on your goals.

Your gratitude musings can be kept in a Gratitude Jar or a Gratitude Journal. It doesn’t matter the method, just start recording your gratitude and smiles. Share Gratitude with your kids. Get them in the practice, too, and you will all benefit. Each of you will see life differently and that unique perspective adds layers and makes your life more colorful.

When you have a down moment, go back and read about all the things that you were grateful for and you’ll be smiling when you’re finished. You will begin to feel better and will want to continue your daily, “It made me smile; it gave me pleasure and I’m so grateful.” writing.

One week is all it takes to develop your ability to make the shift to gratitude. For the next seven days, take the time to write down five things, people, places or experiences you are grateful for:

What am I grateful for today?

Susan Ball is the founder of Empowered Her, an abuse recovery expert and a bestselling author. "Empowered Her" blossomed from Susan's own abusive relationships and is built on the belief that all women are entitled to live free, fulfilled and fearless.
Susan is on a mission empowering women to Rise Up, Show Up, Free Their Voices and Move Out of Victim-Hood.
You can connect with Susan on her website or join her Healing Narcissistic Trauma Facebook Group.

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