Gratitude. The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Gratitude is expressing appreciation for what you have, rather than a materialistic emphasis on what you want. We all have reasons to be grateful, even when we think things are going pretty badly.
Four things I am grateful for:
I am grateful for people
I’ve always believed that the best things in life are not in fact ‘things’, but people. I’m so grateful for the people who have been or are in my life. As the saying goes, people are either a blessing or a lesson.
Let the important people in your life know that you appreciate them, whether it’s in the form of a hug, words, actions, gifts, or simply your time. And remember that there is something to learn from everyone.
I am grateful to be able to do what I love
I’m grateful that I live in an area where it’s never far for a swim in the ocean (although it’s more admiring from afar this time of year), that I have a job where I’m given creative freedom to write and create things that are meaningful to me, that I can spend time with friends, and that I can do things that challenge me. How lucky are we, when we can do the things we love?
I am grateful for the things I have
I’m lucky enough to have a roof over my head, food in my belly and warm clothes in winter. Not only this, but I even get to splurge a bit on those cute shoes I’ve been eyeing up. While money doesn’t buy happiness, having the basic comforts in life is definitely something to be happy about.
Oh, and of course I’m grateful to have USANA supplements to keep me as healthy as I can be! Bringing me to my next point…
I am grateful for my health
What a blessing it is to simply be able to enjoy life in good health. I think it is something we often take for granted. So eat yummy nutritious meals, exercise, take your vitamins and feed your mind with positive thoughts. We only have one body, and we want to keep it as healthy as possibly!
Why is gratitude important?
Because life’s just better when you look on the bright side. I challenge you to think of three things you’re grateful for each day. You could even start a gratitude diary. When you take a moment to reflect on all the good things, I think you’ll be surprised at how much you have to be thankful for.
Written by Monique Sparks Marketing Assistant – USANA New Zealand