Living In Gratitude
Today, 21st September is celebrated as World Gratitude Day.
Gratitude is a frequent theme on my blogs, because adopting an attitude of gratitude has been a life changing experience for me. Seeing the good in all circumstances. giving thanks for every experience, has helped me to change my outlook on life, become more creative and live a more meaningful life. Learning to live in gratitude has been such a blessing that I want to keep sharing about how this practice can help others too.
There are simple ways in which we can make gratitude a part of our daily life.
Keeping a gratitude list or maintaining a gratitude journal
Keeping a record of all the things we’re grateful for works as a good reminder to stay grateful. Importantly too, it can have other tangible benefits too.
“According to a study by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida, having participants write down a list of positive events at the close of a day — and why the events made them happy — lowered their self-reported stress levels and gave them a greater sense of calm at night.” – Arianna Huffington in Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
Saying thanks to all the people who make our lives easier – family, friends, service personnel, wait staff – is a simple way to live in gratitude. Never taking people for granted – courier, the refuse collector, the bus conductor, sometimes our genuine words of thanks can light up someone’s day. Writing thank you notes takes this practice a step further, making people feel that their kind gestures are acknowledged and they are valued as people.
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude ~Cynthia Ozick
Volunteering and Small gestures of kindness to give back or pay it forward
Volunteering your time, skills and energies to causes that make a difference to others or doing random acts of kinds can help to set off a gratitude wave.
World Gratitude Day is a reminder and an opportunity to reflect on all of the blessings we have in life. Let’s start living in gratitude every day.
World Alzheimer’s Day
Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. The impact of September’s campaign is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem.
Today as we focus on gratitude, we must spend time on thinking about all those who are living with dementia or those who may have passed away, their families and caregivers.
Let us not take our life and faculties for granted. With gratitude, let’s pledge to do all we can to make the lives of others meaningful too.
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Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can ~ Dalai Lama
We invite you to join us today to write on gratitude related themes, share your personal experiences, share a gratitude list. You may also want to share stories of people you know who are struggling with dementia. Non-fiction pieces, poems, stories – we welcome them all. This linky will be open for the entire week. Write, read, share and make a difference.