“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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