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3 Simple Tips to Create an Attitude of Gratitude


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With Thanksgiving coming up, we all start to think of what we are thankful for. And while I love that the holiday brings out our thoughts of gratitude, it’s something that can benefit us all year.

I am forever a positive thinker. It’s like it’s ingrained in who I am which I am glad for because there are wonderful benefits to being a positive thinker.

In fact, this article from the Mayo Clinic listed these health benefits of positive thinking:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Interesting, huh?

As I think about being a positive thinker and being thankful, I think the two go hand in hand. You can be a positive thinker when you see all of the things in your life to be thankful for.

Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

Build the Habit

There are certainly times when it’s easier to be grateful, but if you can get in the habit of looking for things to be thankful for during the good times, it’s a lot easier to do when hard things happen.

It’s seems funny at first to make an effort at being grateful, but consistency and finding ways to build it into your routine will make it a regular part of your life after a while.

Even though we don’t have kids, I think that it’s a great idea to help little ones recognize all of the things in their life that they have to be thankful for

Gratitude Journal

A great way to cultivate an attitude of gratitude is to write down a few things you are thankful for each day.

If you write in a journal regularly you could just add that on to the end of a normal journal entry.

A lot of times when I journal it’s to rant about something frustrating. Ending my rant by forcing myself to seek out the positive parts of my day helps to let go of what has happened and see all of the good.

You can also purchase a gratitude journal. These usually include inspiring quotes, and writing prompts to help stimulate your thankful thoughts.


Talk About It – 3 Things per Day

When Austin and I were going through a really difficult period, I suggested that we talk about what we were thankful for each day.

When we were lying in bed each night, we would each list three things that we were grateful for that day. It helped me to end the day positively.

I tried to think of three very specific things for each day. I’m thankful everyday for our warm home and a enough food to eat, but I tried to dig deeper and think of things specific to that day to be thankful for, even if it was little things.

Today I’m thankful for the sun being out (not a regular occurrence in the fall in West Michigan), the blanket my mom knit for me that’s keeping me cozy while I work, and that we have the money saved for me to get my eyes checked tomorrow and get new contacts.

Listing what you’re grateful for each day would be great family-dinner conversation. It might even get your kids talking more about what’s going on in their lives.

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When hard things happen it can be hard to see the good.

Sometimes it’s only when you look back a while later that you can see that bad things allowed for better things to work out.

When you have a rough day, make a point to look for something good.

It may just be that you’re grateful to have a place to sleep tonight and enough food to eat. Those might seem like the bare minimum to be thankful for, but there are far too many people that would love to have those things to be thankful for.

⇒ What are 3 things your thankful for today? How do you make gratitude a habit?

3 Simple Tips to Create an Attitude of Gratitude

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Erin | A Welder's Wife

Saturday 10th of December 2016

Really enjoyed this post! This is a habit I am slowing working towards more. I have noticed a big difference since I have started looking for ways to be grateful!


Saturday 19th of November 2016

I love this! The blind Christian hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, wrote this poem when she was 8 years old. It comes to mind sometimes when I realize how much I complain and not be grateful. . Oh, what a happy soul I am, although I cannot see! I am resolved that in this world Contented I will be.

How many blessings I enjoy That other people don't, To weep and sigh because I'm blind I cannot, and I won't!


Saturday 19th of November 2016

I love that. Thank you Chris!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

Friday 18th of November 2016

Yes!! I started a gratitude journal a few months ago...every night before bed I write down 5 things that I'm grateful for that day. I include everything from the very small to the larger big items. It has really changed my life and view. Even the nights when I fall into bed and just can't muster the energy to pull out my notebook and write something down, I make sure to at least think and recognize one thing before I drift off to sleep.


Friday 18th of November 2016

I love that, Katie!

Mardene Carr

Friday 18th of November 2016

One of my pet peeves has got to be people who are never thankful. I made a promise to myself to always be grateful because there are so many persons who are worst than I am.


Friday 18th of November 2016

We really all have so much to be thankful for. It's so good to be mindful of that!

Stephanie Jeannot

Friday 18th of November 2016

This post is so positive. Yes, we could all use to be positive. Makes a difference to be able to smile just because we can and are happy just to be. I shared your post with my friends. Thanks!


Friday 18th of November 2016

Thanks so much Stephanie! I'm glad you liked it :)