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Attitude of Gratitude

Posted November 21, 2012 in Altoona, Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

We spend just one day a year giving thanks, but we have reasons to be thankful every day.

Thanksgiving season is very simple and straightforward. It is all about giving thanks. We say we are thankful, but so many bad things can grab our attention. And if we are not careful, the good things go unnoticed.

How do you make a grateful attitude part of your life? For example, are you grateful for others when they achieve weight loss and actually keep it off? When they begin to shop and eat differently because of if, do you share in their joy or are you a bit jealous? Many people focus on negative instead of, in this real life scenario, the positives of the discipline one must take to keep the weight off.

Think about the people in your life whom you are grateful to have known. Their very existence is refreshing and lasting in your mind. They have created joy. Thankful people are optimistic and giving people. I would bet it would be difficult to be a thankful person and depressed. Thankfulness is like the light coming on in a dark room. It forces us to focus on others and oftentimes lifts heavy sorrows from our shoulders.

We really are desperate people in need of an attitude adjustment in many areas of our lives. We are anxious about way too much. We end to focus on negatives that don’t improve our lives.  I love the verse in the Bible that says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Notice how thankfulness is a key element to bringing healthy change.

Do you truly spend time being thankful for what people have done? Sometimes it can be simple statements like “I will never forget how you stuck up for me. It meant a lot.” “That email you sent made my day.” “Hanging out with you was a pleasure.” “I value you.” An attitude of gratitude spreads like a ripple through a pond benefitting everything it touches. The bad times seem sweeter when you spread a good attitude. It forces people out of their comfort zone. It opens opportunities for new friendships and collaboration with like-minded friends.

Be thankful for the opportunities it provides. No matter your circumstance, there is always something you can choose to be thankful for each day.

I am fortunate to be around a business where it is a positive environment. Today I am thankful for so many who chose to spread an attitude of thanksgiving to others in our community. Most of all, I am thankful for you, the reader. I pray that we truly become a thankful people with grateful hearts improving our health and those around us.

Article by David Charleston, owner/founder, The Orange Planet Athletic Club, 5650 Metro Business Drive, Pleasant Hill, david@theorangeplent.com.

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