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7  Ways to Feel More Thankful–Even When It’s Hard

When things are going well in our lives, we often take all we have for granted and don’t take time to appreciate and acknowledge what we have. It’s easy to feel grateful when things are going our way. It’s a lot harder when they’re not. The whole “why me?” and victim mentality sets in and makes you feel angry, bitter, confused, and envious of others who seem to “have it better.” 

Whether things are pretty good in your life or you’re experiencing challenges, creating an “attitude of gratitude” will better assure the continued flow of good (why would God/the Universe give you any more if you’re not grateful for what you already have?) or help turn your negative energy in a positive direction.

On this day in the United States where we commemorate the first Thanksgiving, I want to share with you some tips on moving into (and maintaining) that state of thankfulness.

1. Focus on what you DO have, what IS going well, who DOES care about you (instead of the opposite)

2. Get a nice notebook or journal and make a list of 50 things you are grateful for. Then add to it every evening with what you can appreciate or be thankful for from that day. When you need to be reminded of all you have been given, open the book and read through your “gifts.” When the book is full, start a new one.

3. Create a gratitude box. Take pictures that show people or places or events that you are grateful for and put them in the box. Add other mementos of things you’re grateful for or of someone expressing gratitude for you (like thank you notes). When you’re needing to shift out of a resentful or fearful state, open the box and let yourself go down “happy memory lane.”

4. Write thank you notes/emails to the people in your life who you love & appreciate, and tell them what you would want to make sure they knew you felt about them if you were to pass away tomorrow. Tell them you are grateful for all they have contributed to your life and for being in your life.

5. Write and mail one of those thank you notes to yourself. When it comes, read it then stick it in your gratitude box (or if you didn’t make one, put it on a mantle or someplace you’ll see it to reread from time to time).

6. Visit my friend Nora Firestone’s unique site, to post a “thank you” to someone who impacted your life, or read thank you’s posted by others (who knows–someone might have posted a thank you for YOU).

7. Read the gratitude poem below An Inspirational Poem:

Be Thankful
Author Unknown
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for having you as a reader of my blog!


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  1. Jennifer Zach says:

    Engaging title. Good tips. Loved the poem!

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