Find gratitude in things you’re ungrateful for

  Thanksgiving is today. Luckily, this time of year we are forced to think about the things we are grateful for. Well, maybe not forced. Let’s say we are highly encouraged through numerous THANKSgiving reminders that gratitude is something we should focus on.

 

There are many ways to track your THANKS during the holidays, but my type A personality tends to enjoy the Gratitude Journal technique.

 

Every day, write down one thing you are grateful for. If you are lucky, you can quickly write down, “I am grateful for my family, my health and my job.” But I challenge you to go deeper. What about your family, your health and job? Are you grateful that your sister calls you every week with updates on the nephew you hardly ever see? Are you thankful that the toe you stubbed last week has healed, because you never realized how much you relay on that little pinky toe? Go deep.

 

Now I challenge you to go even deeper. Look for something you might be resentful or even ungrateful about – and find gratitude in it.

 

Find gratitude in things you’re ungrateful for

 

I was the type of kid who grew up feeling guilty because I knew how much I was given. I constantly wanted to make sure I was thankful for what I received, knowing that other kids were not as lucky.

 

So as a sixth grader, I challenged myself with this simple task: Be grateful for one thing per day. At that time, I was learning to put c

ontact lenses in my eyes, and my eyes were very eager to reject them. Therefore, on one particular day, instead of complaining about my contacts, I expressed gratitude for the fact that I had contacts and for the vision they granted me. That was the first time I thought about the people in this world who don’t have glasses or contacts.

Gratitude opens our eyes and hearts to appreciate what we have in our lives and not to complain. I have a firm belief that when you acknowledge and are thankful for good, more good comes your way.