The Beauty Of Gratitude

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!

Henry Ward Beecher

This is the time of year when we give thanks.

It’s the time when we look around our lives and feel grateful for all that we have – our families, friends, and all of the love in our lives. We are grateful for the work that we do. We look to see the silver lining in all of our difficult situations, and feel grateful for the opportunity to learn so much from them.

Gratitude is a powerful thing to exercise when we are looking to create more peace and contentment in our lives. Why? Because as we focus on all that we are grateful for, we start highlighting all that we have. What you focus on grows. Like attracts like. That’s why you won’t increase contentment in your life by focusing on all that you don’t have.

Every year, I spend the month of November practicing gratitude by identifying three specific things that I am grateful for every day. It is always interesting to me that this simple practice truly shifts my perspective from one of lacking and needing to one of thanksgiving and love. As I focus on what I have, I can see an abundance of it in a way I couldn’t do so when I started this month. When I create gratitude from a place of love and intention, my life is more joyous and richer than I ever imagined.

The question is, “It’s Thanksgiving, but shouldn’t we practice gratitude all of the time?” The answer is yes, especially if you would like to create more joy, peace, and contentment in your life. I think I’ll keep my practice going this year to remind myself in every season that I have so much to be thankful for.

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