As you read this, consider your outlook: are you a 'glass half empty' or 'glass half full' person? This isn't just a fleeting thought; embracing a consistent 'attitude of gratitude' can profoundly transform your life, far beyond Thanksgiving traditions.
Consider a scenario: you're at a restaurant, and your meal is delayed. Do you:
A. Succumb to frustration and outrage?
B. Find the silver lining, appreciating the opportunity to dine out and practice patience?
Experiencing frustration is human, but mastering gratitude in trying times requires self-discipline and practice. It's about genuinely feeling grateful, not just going through the motions. This is why we LOVE using the Dear Universe journal for our daily gratitude practice.
Deepak Chopra once said:
"Gratitude opens the door to the universe's power, wisdom, and creativity."
This resonates with my journey from Australia to the United States. Now as an American I find myself celebrating my ninth Thanksgiving here, I'm reminded of the holiday's core value: GRATITUDE.
Thanksgiving, amidst the chaos of cooking and managing energetic children, poses a question: how do we remain thankful?
Expressing gratitude, even when it feels a little forced, is a powerful tool. It's during life's challenges that we often grow the most.
In Australia, Christmas is our closest equivalent to Thanksgiving, a day of feasting and family. Yet, the unique twist of Thanksgiving is its focus on GRATITUDE, a brilliant and spiritually challenging concept.
At any moment, we face a choice:
Bring negativity, apathy, and grudges to the table, or
Fully engage in the art of appreciation: for family, friends, food, and the abundance of life.
Gratitude isn't just a free practice; it's essential. Lack of gratitude can cost us dearly, affecting our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Choosing gratitude leads to greater happiness.