The Habit of Being Grateful

Gratitude. Let’s start with a working definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as: The state of being grateful. Thankfulness.

I’m involved in conversations almost daily about a multitude of catchphrase topics. Such as “the law of attraction” and “providing value in business” etc. While all of these things have truth and importance I believe that gratitude should be the foundation to build from.

“The state of being grateful.” Well that’s a funny way to put it. What state do I find myself in most days.

A busy state? A positive state? A grumpy state before morning coffee? Let’s find the road-map to the state of Gratitude.

Let’s start with a word with a little less clout: Thankfulness. What does it look like to be thankful? I find myself thankful for a lot of things when I slow down to look for them. My family, health, business, and relationships to name a few.

So how do I bridge the gap between intentional thankfulness and consistent gratitude?

Gratitude is a state that you don’t find yourself in by accident. While I could go on about things I’m personally grateful for, I believe you will find the most value in a little action step.

Go ahead and write 5 things that you are grateful (or thankful) for today.

Now tomorrow write 5 more. No repeats!

Now the next day write 5 more. And again. And again!

25 times you should be able to recognize things, people, or events in your life that you are genuinely grateful for. Will it be hard? Sure! And it’s worth it.

Watch as your outlook and attitude towards the small things change in light of your gratitude.

I would go as far to say that gratitude is a practiced form of passion, and one of the quickest ways to change the world around you is with positive passion.

I have a passion for people and relationships. You may have a passion for your family legacy and serving people as a family. You’re grateful for these passions aren’t you!?

Take the time to think and write these things down. It may surprise you how much you have to be grateful for. Gratitude shows up naturally when you look for it. I, for one, want to live in the state of gratitude. Do you?