Finding Gratitude in Everyday Life
“When things are taking their ordinary course, it is hard to remember what matters. There are so many things you would never think to tell anyone. And I believe they maybe the things that mean most to you.” – Marilynne Robinson
Cultivating gratitude is a very important aspect of a happy life. People who cultivate gratitude are often happier, more optimistic and feel more connected to others. But it can be challenging to find ways to remind yourself to be grateful when you are just going about your ordinary day.
So it is very helpful to find clues as part of your everyday life. Clues to remind you to think about all the things you have to be grateful for – from the basics to the more meaningful aspects of your personal and professional lives.
Sometimes we can allow our petty complaints and minor frustrations to preoccupy all that we already have. When that happens, I know that it’s time to stop – and start writing in my gratitude journal, or send a thank you note or read an inspirational quote. Maybe enjoy a run outside, listen to music or glance at photos of my children.
There are really lots of ways to find tiny opportunities in your everyday life to be grateful.
How about you? Have you found some clues in everyday life to help you cultivate an attitude of gratitude? What I know for sure is that it makes a surprisingly large difference. Or perhaps I should say, an unsurprisingly large difference.
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Skip / November 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm
Great stuff Peg!
PegCalvario / November 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm
Thanks Skip! As the author of “Grateful for Everything” – you truly find gratitude everyday.
Lee / November 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm
This is something that I so need to do daily. This comes at a great time when I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that I am doing.
PegCalvario / November 14, 2014 at 4:28 am
Thanks Lee for your honest comment. It’s amazing how the many urgencies of life create feelings of overwhelm – while gratitude can significantly decrease our stress levels.
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