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Gratitude

thank you daisiesGratitude and happiness go hand in hand. Every day, count the blessings you have in your life as well as the problems you do not have, and be grateful and happy.

Pam and Ellen started working on the new organic farm last spring. It’s a great job for college students. They work part-time in the greenhouse in spring, and full-time in the fields in summer.

“This job is so boring,” complained Ellen for the 100th time this season. “Dig a hole. Plant a seed. Add water. Take the plant over there. Plant, after plant, after plant … My feet are killing me!

“Then later,” she added, “spend all day in the sun, on my knees, with my hands in the dirt.”

Not getting any reaction from Pam, she continued, pointing at the storage area.

“… and wrap up the season with a broken back from filling up and carrying all these heavy baskets!”

Pam smiled and quietly continued to take care of her baby plants.

“How do you do it, Pam?” Ellen asked. “How can you always be so calm and happy? Don’t your feet hurt? Doesn’t the sun bother you? Don’t your knees hurt? Doesn’t your back hurt? How do you carry all these heavy baskets with a smile on your face?”

“It’s the herb I put in every basket,” Pam said.

“What herb?” Ellen asked, surprised.

“Gratitude!” Pam replied. “When I add gratitude, my load becomes lighter, no matter how heavy it is.”

When you feel unhappy, observe the thoughts in your mind, and become aware of the ones responsible for your unhappiness. Are these thoughts reminding you of your problems, losses, and challenges? Are they blaming life for being unfair to you, and dwelling on what’s still missing for you to be happy? Are they trying to convince you that you don’t have what it takes to be happy—not enough money, power, intelligence, good looks, luck, or love?  

When you become aware of the presence of such thoughts in your mind, kindly replace them with thoughts of gratitude which will quickly remind you of all your blessings, and shift you back to happiness.

Every day take frequent gratitude-meditation breaks, and fill your mind with empowering thoughts of gratitude. Stop for a moment, observe, become aware of your blessings, and express your love and gratitude out loud, through clear words and expressions. Say “Thank you”. These simple words are powerful. When you say “Thank you,” everyone and everything is encouraged to give you more.

 

  • When you feel unloved, hurt, disappointed, frustrated, or resentful, and catch yourself blaming your loved one for your unhappiness, name 3 (or more) qualities you appreciate in them, and 3 (or more) reasons why you are grateful for their presence in your life. Gratitude puts love in your heart, and reminds you to be kind and compassionate.
  • When you complain about your body—your looks, your health, or your body’s limitations—become aware of how every part of your body is continuously working hard so you enjoy life through what you see, hear, smell, taste, touch, feel, say, and do. Name 3 (or more) parts of your body and say “Thank you.” The more grateful you are to your body, the more your body will give back to you.
  • When you catch yourself resenting your job and complaining that you are bored, tired, and not paid, rewarded, or appreciated enough (and while you actually do something to change the situation), remind yourself of everything that your job offers you financially, mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially at the present moment, and say “Thank you.”
  • When you complain that you don’t have enough money to be happy, be grateful for the opportunities available for you to improve your financial situation. Then, name 3 (or more) beautiful things that life offers you for free, and say “Thank you.”
  • Even if it’s painful, a challenging situation is truly a blessing in disguise, and carries an important message that will help you grow. Be grateful for the blessing, even if you can’t see it yet, and for the message even if you can’t hear or understand it for the time being.

Gratitude reduces your pain, stress, worries, and fears. It gives you patience and hope, and helps restore your faith. It puts love in your heart, and a smile on your face. Gratitude soothes and gives you inner peace, stillness, and happiness.

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