Understanding Gratitude: Take the Time to Thank

Well-Being Inside and Out

grat·i·tude

noun

the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful:
He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.
Gratitude is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.  To be grateful for things is to truly be blessed. Some of the great leaders of our time proclaim being grateful is the sole reason for their successes.
Gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions occur following help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment of compensation for the aid.
I’ve been trying a new practice each day where I’ll set aside a few minutes, preferably in the morning, and just sit in silence and think about whom and what I am grateful for.  This puts me in a positive state of mind.
A gratitude prayer or mantra you can use to help cope with difficult times:

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., C.T.

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontolgy Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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