Friday, April 1, 2011

Thankfulness

Wanna be thankful? Here's few tips for you and nice writing. So, people with a strong sense of gratitude, love and appreciation don't necessarily have more than others; they simply recognize and see more beauty in their lives. A 2003 study suggests that people who count their blessings are generally happier and healthier than people who don't. If you ever feel as if anything in your life isn't "enough", try practicing an attitude of thankfulness. You might realize how good you have it after all.

Relax. It's hard to cultivate a sense of gratitude when you're angry, frustrated, or anxious. If these are issues that you struggle with, it's important to resolve them, as they're formidable barriers to thankfulness.

Live in the Moment. If you're too busy dwelling on the past or thinking about the future, you won't be able to fully notice how fantastic things are right now. Plus, thinking about the past and future opens the door to comparison, which is the only way you can perceive something as not good enough. What you have now is all that exists, and comparing that to something that doesn't exist anymore (or yet) is an easy way to foster dissatisfaction and torture yourself. Like the old saying goes "Past is History, Future is a Mystery and Today is Gift and hence it is called the Present". Enjoy today, this moment and don't postpone your enjoyment.

Start with your senses. The most basic pleasures in life are usually accessible to us all the time, but they slip out of our consciousness because we get so used to them. Learn to notice the little things, and deliberately appreciate them.

Cherish any kind of lightheartedness in your life. Things like laughter, affection, and playfulness are fleeting. Once a relationship has degraded so that those things don't spontaneously occur anymore, it's very hard to get them back. You might know that from experience. So treat those moments with care (especially with kids, who are at the peak of lightheartedness). Don't be the person who takes life too seriously, who doesn't have time to have fun, or who has no sense of humor.

Take a vacation. There's some truth to the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder". Ideally, you shouldn't have to separate yourself from something (or someone) in order to appreciate it (that can lead to a vicious cycle). But it can be a good way to trigger your sense of gratitude just once in a while. 

Keep a gratitude journal. Challenge yourself to write down five new things every day that you're grateful for. It'll be easy in the beginning, but soon you'll discover that you have to increase your awareness to keep on.

Hope you'll follow these tips!

28 comments:

  1. Good tips! I laughed quite hard at the image.

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  2. Start to smoke weed, will make your life great :)

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  3. Nice tips and i laughed my ass off at the image :D hahaha

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  4. I like how the picture goes together with the writing :3

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  5. This is very positive! But the picture is hysterical!

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  6. its unfortunate how materialistic everyone is now. No one ever notices that they already have everything they need.

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  7. Thanks for the tips, this is great.

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  8. Way to have some positive tips! I really appreciate it. Thanks bitch!

    Anyway, following. I like your style

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  9. haha, that first pic!

    but seriously, you have some good points. :)

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  10. I agree with Fishy. Errday.

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  11. Be positive, live NOW, put your problems on the table, don't think about your past and be thankful. That helps me a lot.

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  12. I always say please and thank you, people who don't say those words have no manners

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  13. Whoa good tips but that gratitude journal is a bit over the top though...

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  14. Great post and great picture - thanks for sharing!

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  15. hahha that picture had me crackin up!

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  16. hahaha loled at the little kid

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  17. good post, that picture is really funny but the article is really solid.

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  18. If only more people were thankful. Great post, keep it up.

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  19. ye if people would be happy today how can the future be bad?

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  20. of course not, SOMS, that's what I'm talking about!

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  21. I too love reading general life tips like this. I also laughed at the picture. Following.

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  22. Good Advice. Wish more people would read these. keep it up

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