9 Ways to Learn Gratitude

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Some people are naturally grateful. But most of us need to work on developing a "gratitude attitude." 

So here's a few tips:
1. Keep a gratitude journal. 

2. At suppertime, have your family members share good things from their day.

3. After work or before bedtime, unwind by focusing on good things in your life.

4. Hang sticky notes everywhere as reminders of your blessings.

5. Make a gratitude "chart" for your kids to fill in each day.

6. Concentrate on "subtraction, not addition"*: think about what you'd miss without your present blessings instead of thinking how your life could be better.

7. Take time to savor things as they happen as well as remembering them later.

8. When you count your blessings, be specific and detailed. It's more beneficial than making a long list of generalizations.

9. Remember the reason: "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

* Some material in this post came from "2 Little Words" by Janice Kaplan, Good Housekeeping, February 2013, Page 93-98

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  1. Good stuff ... substantial, yet oh-so-practical!


  2. Ewe... good stuff.
    I like #6 & #7

  3. Very good tips. I tried keeping a journal but it was hard to remember everything I was thankful for in a day :)

  4. Love the suggestion about subtraction, not addition. Sometimes, we forget. Thanks for the list!

  5. Thank you for linking up several of your posts over at WholeHearted Home. I always look forward to finding your daily email in my inbox and heading over to read it when I find a minute (pun intended.)


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