I love gratitude. Along with the Joy Jar, gratitude practice has helped combat my down days. Not to say they eliminate them, but they definitely help.
Gratitude helps to remind me of the good in my life and the Joy Jar collects and holds them for future reference. Since today is using the letter G and H, and the words Gratitude and Happiness, do they really work together? Sure.
Starting with gratitude, at one point, before finding the gratitude attitude, I wondered what I had to be grateful for. Taking time to think and acknowledge that no matter how bad it is, there is some good. A favorite phrase that helps me find gratitude is, “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
Gratitude can be expressed as a simple acknowledgment, “thankful the sun is shining today.” Gratitude can be written in your journal or planner. Gratitudes can be shared on social media. Twitter has a gratitude hashtag, join other grateful people there. If you’re feeling extra ungrateful, checking in on what others are grateful for will ignite your ideas.
Gratitude doesn’t have to be big, being grateful for the small things can lead to noticing the big things. It’s spring, I am routinely thankful for the sounds of the birds. In the winter, if I’m wanting to go someplace, and the roads aren’t icy definite gratitude. Even finding a parking place is a reason for gratitude. Having an attitude of gratitude doesn’t have to be big, but the results are huge.
While there are many benefits of gratitude one is that it helps us be happier, which is for letter H.
“Happiness is a choice.” Ha! The first fifty times I heard that quote I disagreed, strongly. After all the first time I heard it my husband had recently died. How could I choose to be happy when my world was upside down and sideways?
No, being happy he was gone was not an option, there was no reason for happiness, at least I didn’t think so. However, someone pointed out that there were other things to be happy about. I had people who supported me. Our kids were all healthy. Our grandkids were healthy. We had three grandsons at the time, one just a few months old and holding him made me smile, it made me happy.
Over time I realized that being happy is a choice. I could choose to hold on to pain and misery and not be happy or I could move my focus to something that did make me smile. Which where the gratitudee attitude of helps. Listing reasons for gratitude encourages happiness. Of all the reason I have to smile, my favorite is the number of people who support me. Like this group that came out to help me celebrate my birthday.
Come and join me on twitter sharing gratitudes and encouraging daily happiness.
This is a two-part post because I’m a little behind on the challenges. I’m now up-to-date on the blogging a to z, the ABC challenge, and just one blog post behind on the UBC.
Do you list your gratitudes daily?
What makes you smile?