“And because we are creatures of habit, we must practice. I urge you to practice acting in spite of fear, practice acting in spite of inconvenience, practice acting in spite of discomfort, and practice acting even when you’re not in the mood.”
– T. Harv Eker
Gratitude is a skill. Everyone has the capability of feeling grateful, yet as some subscribers have pointed out in emails to me, it is not always easy to feel gratitude.
Growing up, I learned how to play the trumpet. And I played very well. As some of you who have read a recent blog entry will know, my father was a composer & conductor, so music was a part of my life. I was not always a good trumpet player. It took years of practice to get to the level I achieved. Just like learning to play a musical instrument, being grateful is a skill. It is a skill that the more you practice, the better you become.
The best part of practicing gratitude is that it is easy! Most of the time it only encompasses the need to be reminded. For example, right now (this very moment) I want you to think of 2 things that you are grateful for. Let me know what 1 of those things are, please.
The point is, when you are reminded, you can think of something. Try associating gratitude with something you frequently do. For me, when I see water, I think of something that I am grateful for. When I drink a glass of water, I take a moment and think of something that I am thankful for. When I pass a sink, I give thanks for something. When I drive by a lake, same thing…
It does not have to be water that triggers your gratitude, it can be anything! Link it to food. Link it to a telephone. Link it to driving. Link it to reading email. Try this and let me know how it works for you.
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Submitted on 2010/01/08 at 9:24am
I couldn’t agree more that practicing gratitude is the key and that it does need to become a habit. So in that vien, I am very grateful for being hired by my company after working as a consultant for 7 years. I am even more grateful that I work with fun, smart, interesting people. Finally continuing on the work theme my situation is complete because my boss couldn’t be nicer or smarter.
I forget that sometimes and can get bogged down in the insanity that happens in any corporation. Thanks for the reminder
I am grateful that The Universe always supplies everything I need. I am also grateful for my computer geek neighbor who helped me set up my new computer yesterday and is always freely sharing her talents and her friendship with me.
I hope it’s ok. Well, I am very very grateful for the love of my partner, for being able to live together, and for feeling in love after 20 years. And also for living in a country where we don’t have to face such terrible temperatures as the people up north. Thank you also, for reminded me to be grateful all the time. 😮 )
I’m super grateful that I get to teach elementary school. Even though my body turned 55 years old yesterday, my brain, my emotions, and my spirit get a daily dose of kid-dom, and that’s a WONDERFUL thing.