Writing Gratitude’s

Earlier this year, I decided to try something new and write at least three gratitude’s a day.  Many days I had even more.

As a melancholy personality, I realized how much this lifted my spirits, outlook on situations and overall mood.

There is so much we take for granted, but even little things we can find to be grateful for.

This reminded me of two residents where I work.  One is in her 80s and mourns where she is.  Everything is about “woe for me”.  The other is in her 30s and will require skilled care the remainder of her life.  However, she is happy and upbeat and an inspiration to others.

So, why the difference?  Some of it is their personality types, but a lot of it is their outlook and what they are grateful for.  One is unable to find anything to be grateful for while the other constantly finds the positive and good in her situation. She has learned to make lemonade from lemons.

I am reminded how all around us are examples and things to be grateful for. No matter how bad our situation may seem or feel at the moment, there is always someone worse off.

All around we can find reasons to be grateful. I’m reminded of how I need to continue looking for the blessings and gratitude’s in life and begin writing them again.

Paul wrote, “Always find something to be thankful for, even in the hard times.” {1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.}

What are you grateful for?

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