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What does the word gratitude mean?  An online dictionary source defines it as: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.

We all just celebrated Thanksgiving. A special time to spend with family and friends. A time to reflect on what you are thankful for in your life. Or at least, hopefully that is what you did. Sometimes we get so caught up in the food and the people that we forget to reflect on the deeper meaning of thanksgiving. For the ones that did reflect, I want to applaud you. You just did one of the most powerful “mind and heart”  exercises you can do. Reflecting and expressing gratitude is powerful.

But, I want to challenge you all to not stop at Thanksgiving. My challenge for you is to find at least one thing every day in which you are grateful for. If it involves someone let them know.

So many times we get caught up in the mundane chores of life that we forget this very basic expression. We get caught up in our fears, our hurts. We get caught up in blame, anger, disappointments, greed. We get caught up in stress. In a nutshell we get caught up in ourselves and how our life, business, or relationships are not treating US fairly. It is good to reflect on one self for personal development purposes. But, to get caught up in negative mind images about ourselves or our situations is detrimental to our personal development and our growth in every area of our lives.

The law of gratitude has the power to even heal your mind and body. Even the bible says for everything give thanks. Or to think on pure, lovely, good things. These all express the idea of reflecting on what we are grateful for. Their are many self help videos and books trying to bring this to light as well. When we start shifting our mental gears on what is wrong in our life to what we are grateful for things seem to fall into place so much better.

There is evidence now that when we think negatively more than we do positively that it affects our brain to the point of developing a black mass in our brain. That extends out and starts producing the diseases in our body. Whether it be low energy and fatigue to anger. Or even as something as severe as Cancer. Our thoughts and feelings are powerful. Even God demonstrates this by telling us that even to have the feeling of hate toward our brother is the same as murder. Or in the psalms where we are warned not to fear lest our fears come true. Some people speculate that 80% of our diseases are self induced by our thoughts and stresses. 

So what and who are you surrounding yourself with? If we feed on negative music, television, friends, family, books, ect. What do you think we will become? Negative. Yet if you flip that around and feed on positive music, television (or no television at all…lol), friends, family, books. What do you think you will become? Most likely more positive. Because we become like things and people we associate with no matter how strong minded or willed you are.

I am not saying you can’t ever have some anger, hurt, or a negative thought at all. You wouldn’t be human otherwise. And for everything their is a season. But, all things in balance bring harmony. And the good can outshine the bad. You just have to look for it. As a side note it is also a good idea to know what is going on in the world. Which oftentimes paints a pretty bleak picture. Just don’t let this be your motivating factor for how you spend your day.

So don’t be a Scrouge this holiday season. Look for things daily to be thankful for and express it. You will be amazed at what it can do for you, your business, and your personal relationships.

You can be sure that I am always reminding myself to practice this simple act as well. Life is just so much more enjoyable when you do. You look forward to a new day and can embrace it with enthusiasm like you never have had before.

So, I dare you to try it! Find one thing to be grateful for everyday. If you find more…more kudo’s to you. You are on your way to success that runs deeper than what you make and what people think of you. Because nothing can replace true joy! Quit blaming your upbringing, your boss, your spouse, your dog or whatever for personal choices you make in life. You have to come to the point where you realize that only you can make a choice in how you react to things. With your emotions, actions, thoughts. No one can make you do anything. The choice is yours! Which choice will you make? The choice you make will either bring you prosperity or create your ruin.

For me, I am strengthened and encouraged more by reading the Bible. And by having a personal relationship with God. This exercise becomes much more easy as I can see more clearly what all He has done for me.

So, what are you grateful for?


Warm Wishes,