How grateful are you? Science proves that being grateful and focusing on our blessings makes us happier, healthier, and more satisfied and fulfilled in our daily lives. But it can be hard to remember to be grateful especially when life gets challenging. This week we have some reminders:
1. Say it.
Speak your words of gratitude to your family members, friends, co-workers, and even people you run into every day. We inspire and encourage others when we say our blessings out loud.
2. Write it down.
You might try keeping a gratitude journal. Or consider writing a letter to thank someone who has made a difference in your life — a teacher or relative, or a priest. Or simply send a card or a text message, sharing your thankful thoughts with someone.
3. Remind yourself.
Add time for focusing on gratitude to your daily routine. You might add it to your evening prayers or a family mealtime. Or you could consider setting an alarm to interrupt your day and remind you to look for the good things in your life and work.
4. Look for the good.
Even inside of bad situations, or perhaps especially inside of challenging situations, train yourself to look for the good. make it a habit to turn your thoughts toward the positive, the good and encouraging things you are grateful for — especially in a moment where you are feeling frustrated or impatient. Hard to do, but the rewards are many — and the more you do it, the more of a habit it becomes.
We talk this week with Leticia Velasquez, author of A Special Mother Is Born. Leticia shares her challenges and triumphs as a mom of a child with special needs as well as a writer. You can follow Leticia on Twitter!
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