We tend to say “Thank you” and “I’m grateful” on regular basis, but what do these expressions really mean and how do they affect our lives? For starters, by definition, grateful is feeling or showing appreciation for something done or received. The definition of thankful is feeling pleased and relieved. They are both positive feelings, the difference is grateful is directed outwards of the person and thankful is generated in the inside.
With that said, how often are you really thankful? In the morning when you wake up and realize you are alive? When you have the first sip of coffee? What about when you are in traffic? Do you say “thank you” then? Since being thankful is something that is felt inside, one should be thankful for everything and everyone in our lives. You might be thinking: why should I be thankful for traffic? Why not? You are running late but you have time to think and organize your day. If travelling with someone you have time to conversate and bond. My point is, if being thankful is an inward feeling, one should always have an attitude of thankfulness to be at ease and happy with whatever the circumstance may be.
Being thankful for everything you have and having a positive attitude to every outcome also means you are opening the ways to greater things to come to you. Lack of being thankful will result in you never being truly happy and when things don’t go well you will be angry and bitter. Thankfulness also contributes to your emotional and mental health. As Abraham Hicks puts it:
“Be thankful for what you have and more will come.”
People spend too much time complaining and not enough time being thankful. Say thanks consistently and really mean it. Say it with a smile on your face and really feel it. I know at times it can be challenging, especially because we live in a society bombarding us with things and ideas that makes us focus on things we don’t have, but your attitude towards life changes when you are thankful and you become more aware of the blessings in your life.
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