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50 Words to Your Dreams | Chapter 16: Gratitude | Michael George Knight | bestbookbits.com

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16 GRATITUDE

 

Gratitude is our attitude in work. An inward attitude of gratefulness of the blessing we have in our life. If you are not feeling grateful I recommend taking inventory of the things you currently have in your life. I can think of a few right now. I am grateful for being alive, grateful for having legs and arms, ability to hear and talk, eyes to see, clothes on my back, warm bed at night and hot showers in the morning. Ability to work, buy food, the country I live in, family, friends and grateful for the future opportunities I have. I hope you get the point I am trying to make, you are always richer than you think you are. The problem we face is we forget these things because they have not been taken away from us and we become familiar with the norm.

 

I want you to complete the following gratitude exercise using either your journal, computer, paper or your phone, either way. I want you to stop, think and write out all the things you are grateful for in your life right now. Think of absolutely everything in your life big or small that you are grateful for. If you are having a hard time coming up with things, just think about if you lost something in your life right now, what would that be. Let your mind explore, think and write. Stop what you are doing and do this exercise right now and answer the question, “What am I grateful for in my life right now? Write at least 20 things.

 

How do you feel after writing down the things you are grateful for? Upbeat, positive, mindful, happy? The act of putting your attention on the things you are grateful for should improve your attitude. Because Gratitude is the sibling of Attitude and shares the same last 6 letters ‘titude.’ Cultivate this attitude of gratitude and make it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation of parts of your life, on a regular basis, for both the big and small things alike.

 

CREATE A HABIT OF GRATITUDE

We all through life on autopilot never really taking time out of our busy lives to stop and think about how grateful we are to be alive and the life we have. To start bringing more gratefulness into your life starts with forming a new habit. I want you for the next 28 days to keep a gratitude journal, it should take about 10 seconds a day to complete. You can either use your journal, a computer, your phone or a note pad. At the end of the day write down 3 things you are grateful for today. Such as I today I am grateful for hot showers, hot food and a warm bed. Next day, I am grateful for my wife, my kid and my house. Next day 3 more things and so on. The first week is easy coming up with 21 things you are grateful for. Then week 2, 3 and 4 become alittle harder and will require you to think about the small things you take for granted. At the end of the 28 days you can continue the exercise if you like. But what I want you to do is compile the notes a one-page document called the “84 things I am grateful for”. Print this off and put it somewhere where you will see it everyday to remind you of the things you have in your life you are grateful for.

 

QUOTES ON GRATITUDE

 

  • A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment we start to act like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like one. (Unknown)
  • A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, needs less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have. (Unknown)
  • A grateful mind is a great mind, which eventually attracts to itself great things. (Plato)
  • A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect. It is about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others. It is only then that we could have a full, happy, and contented life
  • A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude. (Bruce Wilkinson)
  • Acknowledge your results with gratitude and generosity. (Wayne Dyer)
  • An attitude of gratitude clears a path before you. An attitude of gratitude guarantees a healthy personality and a higher level of self-esteem. And the more thankful you are for what you have, the more things you are going to have to be thankful for. (Brian Tracy)
  • Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts .(Alan Cohen)
  • As one wastes their breath complaining, another breathes their last. Take nothing for granted. Live more complain less. Have more smiles, less stress. (Unknown)
  • Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. (Rumi)
  • Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. (Serbian Proverb)
  • Be thankful for what you have. You have no idea how many people would love to have what you got. (Unknown)
  • Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life. (Joel Osteen)
  • Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. (Thomas Merton)
  • Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. (Albert Einstein)
  • Every day when we wake up we should be grateful to be alive and see another day. (Unknown)
  • Expressing gratitude instantly shifts your energy. It puts you in harmony with your source of supply so that the good in everything moves toward you. (Sandy Gallagher)
  • Focus on gratitude, even if you do not feel grateful, you can always ask yourself, “What could I be grateful for?” (Lewis Howes)
  • For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is. (Unknown)
  • God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you? (William A. Ward)
  • Gratitude builds a bridge to abundance. (Roy T. Bennett)
  • Gratitude comes from love. (Louis L. Hay)
  • Gratitude for what you have is the master key to prosperity. (Charles Fillmore)
  • Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. (Eileen Caddy)
  • Gratitude is absolutely the way to bring more into your life. (Marci Shimoff)
  • Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
  • Gratitude is the complete and full response of the heart to everything in the universe. (Wayne Dyer)
  • Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. (Henry Ward Beecher)
  • Gratitude is the fastest way to give you a shot of happiness. No matter how bad your situation is, there’s always a long list of things to be grateful for. (Patrick Bet-David)
  • Gratitude is the key that opens the gateway to your heart and allows the eternal love inside to come out into the world. When your heart is opened by gratitude and love, your mind becomes clear and inspired. (John Demartini)
  • Gratitude is the key to an abundant life, because it puts you in a state of mind that attracts even more of what you are grateful for. Love, appreciation, and thanks are the essence of prosperity. It is right to become a giver, but you must also learn to be a good receiver. (Tom Butler-Bowdon)
  • Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life. (Jack Canfield)
  • Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. (Lionel Hampton)
  • Gratitude, the more you express gratitude for what you have the more you will have to express gratitude for. You will never find a happy person who isn’t a grateful person; grateful people are fun to be around. Magnitude, you need to magnitude the important things and reduce the magnitude of problems that seem insatiable. (Zig Ziglar)
  • I let go of my need for more, and live in a state of pure gratitude, giving is replacing my demand for more. (Wayne Dyer)
  • I will forever remain humble because I know I could have less. I will always be grateful because I know I’ve had less. (Unknown)
  • If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. (Isaac Newton)
  • If you go back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic. Being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago. (Elon Musk)
  • It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up. (Eckhart Tolle)
  • Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. (Karl Barth)
  • Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything. (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had. (Unknown)
  • Let’s start with what we can be grateful for, get our mind into that vibration, and watch the good that comes. (Bob Proctor)
  • Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you are in. (Celestine Chua)
  • Loving this world, seeing the beauty in everything. Appreciating every moment as a beautiful, wholly contained, pearl of eternal nature, this is the world to me. A never ending string of pearls, every moment is in and of its self a life time, and when we have affection and let ourselves experience life without expectation. That is when the majesty of the world opens her petals to us and welcomes us home. (Carlos Castaneda)
  • No matter how good or bad your life is wake up each morning and be thankful you still have one. (Unknown)
  • Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. (Henri Frederic Amiel)
  • The daily practice of gratitude is one of the conduits by which your wealth will come to you. (Wallace Wattles)
  • The greatest protection against arrogance in life is maintaining a sincere gratitude toward life. (Dexter Yager)
  • The mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind in closer touch with the source from which all blessing come. (James Allen)
  • The more you are thankful for what you have, the more you will have to be thankful for. (Zig Ziglar)
  • The real power of gratitude is being grateful for things that aren’t yet in your physical world. (Sandy Gallagher)
  • There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the window of opportunity for ideas to flow your way. (Jim Rohn)
  • There’s a reason why the word gratitude has the word attitude in it. Gratitude always gives birth to a great attitude. (Patrick Bet-David)
  • Trade your expectation for appreciation and the whole world changes instantly. (Tony Robbins)
  • We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. (Cynthia Ozick)
  • When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. (Kristin Armstrong)
  • When you’re smiling. The whole world smiles with you. (Louis Armstrong)

 

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