Being Thankful & Practicing Gratitude

We often hear “be grateful for what you have,” “count your blessings,” and “there is so much to be thankful for.” While we believe there to be a truth in these phrases, it seems easier said than done. What are the barriers that prevent one from practicing gratitude? There could multiple explanations: gratitude like any other skill is not innate but rather learned; you are often too focused on the next task at hand that you don’t pause and enjoy what you have; you live in the past and recycle your past failures while ignoring your accomplishments. Having an understanding of what interferes with your ability to be thankful is the first step. Next, you need to set an intention to practice gratitude daily and make time for it. You can decide if you would like to start your day or end it by going over your gratitude list. You can also practice gratitude in your actions by telling your loved ones how much you appreciate them. Gratitude like any other value needs to be practiced!

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