Gratitude- the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

“I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you’re humble.” -Andra Day

When was the last time you sat and thought, wow I’m blessed, wow I’m thankful, I have much more than I thought I’d have?

The state of being grateful allows many more blessings to flow naturally. Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough. It turns denial into acceptance, confusion into clarity … it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Gratitude is thankfulness. Did you know the state of being grateful can change your outlook on life? Listed below are some ways to practice gratitude.

How Do I Practice Gratitude?

  • Pray for self & others
  • Be Kind
  • Smile more often.
  • Incorporate acts of kindness in your life each day.
  • Don’t gossip or speak badly about anyone.
  • When you think a negative thought, overturn the situation to see the positive.
  • Do not worry about the past or future.
  • Embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities to grow.
  • Help your friends see the positive side to life.
  • Focus on your strengths.

I challenge you each day to express your thankfulness to others, be positive. The energy you put out, you will definitely get in return. Remember there’s someone with nothing wishing they had that car you hate to drive, that apartment you wish was bigger, or that job you complain about each day.

Instead look at the fact that you have a car to drive, a roof over your head, & a job that produces income to support you financially.

Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for.

Life isn’t guaranteed so how will you want to spend your days? Worrying about the future or being thankful for the now? It’s up to you! You are in control of how to deal with the mixed emotions of life. However, being grateful not only is good for the heart but also helps build stronger relationships and increases self-esteem.

One of my most grateful moments this year ❤️. (Take out pictures, recap great moments)

So what are you grateful for? (Have a seat, close your eyes, smile while breathing in and out.) Meditate for a moment . . . . .

A grateful heart can produce the joys of life, so if you desire true happiness show gratitude in everything you do. -C.Dillard 

By Courtney Dillard

A woman fulfilling her purpose.

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