Gratitude Is The Best Attitude
Gratitude is the best attitude, even in times like today.
People look at me like I’m crazy when I say, “We really need to focus on being grateful right now.”
They say, “Grateful for what? Everything is going down the tubes and who knows when it’s going to end!”
I am a big believer in the power of gratitude. Research shows that gratitude is not just something for Sunday school or people who have watched “The Secret”.
A recent article from the Harvard Medical School stated, “gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”.
You don’t have to believe me, but who can argue with Harvard?
With everything that’s going on, it’s perfectly understandable to be focused on how to make our lives work with this “new normal.” There’s nothing wrong with that. However, while we’re doing that, it’s also important to be grateful for what we have and who we are—everything in our lives even as it is right now.
If you’re struggling financially right now, odds are you are doing better than 93% of the world’s population. And, more importantly, you have the opportunity to turn your financial problems around. Be grateful for that.
Even if you’re under “shelter at home” orders, if you have a roof over your head, you are more fortunate than over 1.6 billion people in the world who don’t have a decent shelter or any shelter at all. Be grateful for that.
Your stores are out of toilet paper? You’re still better off than the two billion people in the world who don’t have toilets to use. Be grateful for that. Even if the grocery stores are out of your favorite foods, you’re still more fortunate than nearly 50 million Americans (including about 16 million children) who can’t afford to put any food on a regular basis.
Be Grateful You Can.
Kids are driving you crazy while the family’s stuck at home? Would you really want to trade places with all the nurses and doctors working 24/7 right now who don’t get to see their kids at all? Be grateful that you’re with your kids.
And be grateful that they care enough about us to put themselves in harm’s way and continue working. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you’re richer than 75% of this world. Be grateful for that.
These are tough times. We’re all dealing with things. It’s universal. If you need to vent and rant and rave for a couple of minutes, go for it. But then get off it, and turn your attention to all the things you can be grateful for. To get the most benefit out of gratitude, do this. Write down a few things you’re grateful for, big or small.
Then take a few moments to really feel the appreciation and good feelings you have about whatever you wrote down. I want you to know that I am grateful for each and every one of you and that you’re taking the time to watch these videos to stay positive, motivated and upbeat during these times.
Send me a message letting me know what you’re grateful for by #KristaMashoreCoaching.
Gratitude Is The Best Attitude
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