Many of Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond readers live in the United States so this week they are preparing for their annual Thanksgiving Holiday. BUT… we don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful.
Gratitude can change your Attitude
I saw this quote and it made me take a moment to think about Gratitude and being Thankful. These words get bandied about quite a bit which could lessen their impact, and I’ve also written many posts about being grateful. I even made the focus of this blog this month about the Gratitude Series and asked guests to write their thoughts. You can find all the related blogs here at this link: THE GRATITUDE SERIES
So today, I really, really want to focus on how Gratitude can change your Attitude!
We all have bad days, our ‘woe is me’ days but really is it that bad? Yes, for some it is, but for me life is pretty damn good – being human, I just forget that sometimes and need to be reminded.
Last week I wrote about the #itsinthebag campaign from Share the Dignity. This campaign encourages us to put together some toiletries and goodies in a hand bag and donate for Women in Crisis. I hadn’t taken part before but reading about the 85,000 women in crisis in Australia made me want to be part of it all.
I put together a bag and immediately felt uplifted because I was helping someone, a stranger, to bring a little joy into their lives.
I’m reminded of my good health and well being when I visit my MIL at her aged care home. I might be feeling tired or my body feeling a few minor aches and pains but when I see some of the residents who are not as mobile as me, I immediately feel grateful.
I’m reminded of how simply wonderful life can be by taking a moment to appreciate nature. A beautiful sunrise, or sunset, a gorgeous blue sky, can all make you feel thankful to be alive. I especially feel this being with my grandson who finds joy in the simplest of things.
I might be feeling ‘down’ but a day with him, discovering life through his eyes and my spirits are lifted.
So if you are having a ‘pity party’ – which we all do from time to time, why not use Gratitude to change your Attitude. Reflect on the positives in your life and you will feel so much better.
Remember you are in control of your happiness – it’s your choice.