10 Ways to Live a Life of Gratitude

by Betty Lochner on August 29, 2013

poo poo pointWhen my two adult kids asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I said I wanted to spend a day hiking with them.
The hike I picked was a bit ambitious, Poo Poo Point.  It’s an 8-mile trek to the top of a mountain where you can watch hand gliders jump off and soar around. And, even though it didn’t go as smoothly as planned, (my out-of-shape body is still sore, the rain stopped several gliders), it reminded me of all that is going right with my world.  I am so blessed.  It inspired me to share with you my top 10 ways to embrace gratitude in your life.
1. Set the tone for your day by focusing on what’s going right with your life.
Start each morning by writing down all you are thankful for. It can be as simple as having hot water for a shower, or having kids that give up a day of their weekend to hike with you.

2. Look at your day differently.

Look for the silver lining in everyday circumstances. For example,when your child returns home late, but safe; when you get to the top of the mountain and it’s raining, but good grief – you made it to the top!

3.Think positively about your life.

It’s easy to find what’s not going well with your life. Instead, focus on what you are grateful for. Tell people, every day, what you appreciate about them – it can be something very simple, like “I love your smile. Thank you for making my day.”

4. Carry a token of gratitude. 

Put something special to you somewhere you will see it and be reminded to be thankful for your many blessings. I have a “gratitude rock” that a friend gave me.  It hangs from my car’s rear view mirror and reminds me to be grateful and embrace what’s going right in my world.

5.Do something you love every single day.

What do you love to do? Take time out from the busyness of your life to forget to smell the flowers, talk to a family member, go for a hike, and make fun memories.
6.Take charge of your own personal and professional development.

You can only change you. Learn that sooner, rather than later and take responsibility for your quality of life both personally and professionally.  Don’t wait or blame your circumstances; instead take steps to change them.

7.Pause and reflect.

Take time to enjoy the world you live in. Breathe. Spend some time with God, take a walk, watch a sunset, and notice your surroundings. One way to start this is to PUT THE DARN PHONE DOWN! Just sayin’.

8.Future shift your thinking.

Instead of always focusing on the here and now – think of what you want your future to look like. Take steps to make that happen. Set a goal and a plan for reaching it. Make one small step today.

9.Pay it forward.

Pay attention to those who need a little help – the person in front of you in line who’s 93 cents short, the lady who needs help juggling her “stuff”,  your neighbors who may need help. It will have a huge impact on them, and on you as well.

10.Don’t forget to appreciate yourself. 

The most important gratitude to practice may be to appreciate yourself. Talk nice to yourself and tell the nay-Sayers in your head to simply shut up.
Live a Life of Gratitude – Be good to yourself and celebrate your successes, big and small!

Lochners at poo poo point

Betty Lochner is a communication specialist, author, and professional speaker who teaches individuals and organizations how to make small changes that make huge differences in their relationships at work and home – improving morale, confidence and productivity. She is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home and 52 Communication Tips. Both are also available on Amazon.com.

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