Importance of Gratitude
The fact of the matter is we can always find someone worse of then we are. By considering and recognizing the blessings we already have when things seem to be going down hill, we have reach that small but powerful step we need to take to find ourselves with a more positive outlook.
Viewing things objectively by detaching ourselves can often be a quite difficult task. Any pessimistic thoughts or attitudes towards a given situation are only likely to compound the problem. Consider the situation of someone with a depressive illness; by the illness causing situations to appear far worse than they actually are, and other subsequent events needing to be dealt with are often interpreted in negative terms as well. This is where the downward spiral can begin.
A pessimistic attitude can be appropriate in certain situations. Finding a balance and seeking for ways to keep perceptions and reactions in their rightful place is the key to ensuring misplaced optimism or denial does not evolve into situations as damaging as any negative attitude. The most important focus point regarding our experiences and the counterbalance is as important as gratitude itself.
And Just What Do I Have To Be Grateful For?
A large number of us barely scratch the surface when it comes to recognizing those things we should be grateful for. Many donít realize they are taking these positive things for granted, and sometimes forget to count their blessings. A good way to keep track of these positive aspects of our lives is by keeping a gratitude journal. Simply keeping a daily record of the things in life we should be grateful for, such as friends and family or celebration of a small stroke of luck has been proven to enhance happiness. Once the seeking out of positives in your life has been noted, it can easily amaze you at how many things you actually have to be grateful for.
Gratitude Bracelets and a Positive Attitude
The key to using gratitude as a tool for maintaining a positive attitude is regular reinforcement. Gratitude journals work by reminding ourselves on a daily basis of the good things in our lives. A gratitude bracelet can work in a similar way. Every time you put it on, take it off or look at it during the day, it can remind you of the many reasons you have to be happy Ė no matter how many you have to be discontented.
Your choice of gratitude bracelet could be dependent on many different ideals. It could be as simple as a general reminder you have many positive things in your life. It can also be as complex as finding one symbolizing some of the many things that enrich your life on a daily basis. You can choose a color that reminds you of your favorite part of nature, or a color that makes you think about that particular look in a loved ones eyes.
Once there is a positive connection made between you and your gratitude bracelet there will be an endless number of opportunities to be reminded of the positive things in your life. Consider giving a gratitude bracelet as a gift, and not only are you blessing that person with the opportunity to remember their personal reasons of gratitude, they will also think of you as the person who gave them this priceless chance to remember all other reasons they have to be grateful.
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Article Added on Friday, February 27, 2009
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