“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

Gratitude is more than being thankful one day a year or only on a special occasion. Gratitude is a daily practice and for some people, it’s a lifestyle. When you start noticing the small good things and you learn to appreciate them, you will become happy and conscious about your life. A good life.
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“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Why gratitude makes you happy?
Text by Christine Kane (http://christinekane.com):
• Because gratitude is about presence.
It’s about waking up in this moment and being here – really being here – and noticing what’s around you. Most people are so busy thinking about the next thing, or about their horrid past, that they don’t wake up and look around at their present moment – the only moment there is.

• Because gratitude is about honoring YOUR precious life.
Do you ever compare your life with someone else’s? Do you ever wish your life were better and more like [insert famous person’s name here]? Sometimes we can lose ourselves in wondering how we “measure up” to some standard set by our families or by the media.
The comparison is the mind killer. The antidote is gratitude.

Because gratitude is about attracting.
It’s difficult to attract abundance and joy if you are constantly saying “no” to what IS. You say “no” each time you focus on the future or past, or when you criticize something that is in your present moment.
Attraction is about saying Yes. When you say Yes, you shift.
Gratitude says, “Yes, I love this!” And then more of this is attracted because the this is what you’re focusing on.

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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
  •  Because gratitude is about choice.

How you translate any situation is the situation. What you choose to see is the truth (for you).

This isn’t proposing that you live in denial or phoniness. It’s reminding you that your translation of any life situation is your choice.  We’ve all heard stories of people who have ignored others’ translations of their talent. These people chose their own translations and succeeded. You always have a choice when it comes to how you look at things.

  •  Because gratitude is about wisdom.

I think people believe they’re being smart if they criticize, complain, and focus on the problems of the world around them.

Smart?  Maybe.
Clever? Sure.
But not wise.

It is wise to look for and find the knowing place in your heart. It is wise to choose joy. It is wise to honor your riches. It is wise to focus on and grow the blessings of your life.

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  •  Because gratitude is about recognition.

Use your power of focus to hone in on beauty and on what makes your heart sing. Recognize the spirit in your life. It’s all around you waiting to be noticed. In the words of Franz Kafka, “It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

  •  Because gratitude is about receptivity.

Gratitude makes you receptive. It makes you a vessel, waiting to be filled.

I carry a tiny notebook with me everywhere I go. In it, I write down song ideas. I write down quotes I hear. I write down ideas for stage stories. As I do that, I become more receptive, and more ideas and songs come to me. It’s a tool that says to my subconscious, “Send more my way!” And the subconscious always responds.

  •  Because gratitude is about creativity.

Creativity is really all about attention.  (So is genius.)

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It seems like elementary advice to hear somebody say
“be grateful and you’ll become successful.” Experiencing gratitude positively impacts your mental and emotional state. It makes you happier. In turn, these optimistic characteristics support a positive mindset that fuel your ability to achieve goals and pursue an “ideal life.” It’s about changing the way that you think and relate to the world.

People who see the world with a sense of gratitude are vividly aware of the positive impacts and abundances in life.
It’s a cyclical process — they enjoy success and are able to seek more success. When these people are faced with failure, instead of taking it out on the world or taking it personally, they’re able to put failure into perspective and learn from the experience. Gratitude allows us to view failure as an opportunity to reflect and learn valuable lessons. Instead of wallowing in failure, successful leaders use learned lessons as stepping stones for further success. 

Many leaders who are considered successful in their fields indicate that reflecting on gratitude is part of their daily process. Arianna Huffington, Tony Robbins, Elizabeth Banks, Oprah Winfrey and Julianne Hough reflect on what they are grateful for as part of their daily routines. These leaders are magnetic people who inspire others and attract people who want a taste of their success

Gratitude doesn’t have to be saved for the “big” things in life 
The habit of being grateful starts with appreciating every good thing in life  Start to cultivate this habit by taking up our Gratitude challenge. Click the button below: