What Is Gratitude?

What Is Gratitude? The blind boy was begging on the street with a sign that said “I am blind, please help” He had a few coins in his cap but most people just walked on by. Then one man noticed the boy and on a piece of cardboard he wrote a few words and gave the sign back to the boy.

Later in the day the man came back to the boy to see how he was doing. The boys cap was full of coins. The boy recognised the mans footsteps from earlier in the morning and asked what he wrote that made all the difference. The man said “I wrote….Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it” 

Both signs speak the truth, the first sign just said “I am blind’ the second sign convayed to everyone passing just how grateful they should be that they could see.   When your life is full of trouble it seems difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude but being grateful for the things we do have, puts our lives in to perspective. Have we really got something to complain about. On the other hand when things are going smoothly we simply forget to be thankful.   So what is gratitude? Simply put gratitude is a habit, it is a way of looking at the world and all the things in it with appreciation regardless of whether or not your current situation is to your liking. Gratitude is a heart centered approach to being at peace with yourself and with all you have.   When you practice this feeling of gratitude you will attract more things in to your life for which to be grateful.    Why not try this simple exercise, first thing in the morning write down three things you are grateful for, this will start your day with gratitude. Do this everyday for a few weeks, think of three different things each day and see what a difference it makes. 

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