Donald Latumahina wrote ten simple tips to become a grateful person. I am going to list his tips but if you want to read the whole article you can go here.
1. Realize how rich you are.
2. Realize what a healthy and prosperous life you have.
3. Realize what a Blessing it is to live in peace.
4. Open your eyes to see the good things in your life.
5. Maintain a "good things" journal.
6. Understand that there are positive things behind all the bad things that happen.
7. Have a special session of gratitude.
8. Meet positive people.
9. Focus on giving.
10. Decide to be a grateful person.
For the most part I agree with this list and I already do most of these things, except for the 'grateful journal' and realizing that there are positive things behind ALL the bad things that happen. That's a hard one for me, I understand that there are positive things behind SOME of the bad things that happen in life, but it's hard for me to understand the positive in ALL the bad things that happen (for instance, The Holocaust, I see no good behind the murder of millions, and I have no understanding of anything positive behind genocide).
But the biggest tip on this list that I have to try and follow is number nine ~ FOCUS ON GIVING.
I don't think my problem is that I'm ungrateful, I think my problem is more that while I am so very grateful for my Blessings, I don't act grateful.
I am grateful but I don't live grateful. I don't just need a change of heart, I need to act, I need a change of lifestyle. I just wrote to a friend this morning that I tell God all the time how grateful I am, but I'm wondering if He's getting tired of the lip service.
Last night I took five (not one, not two, BUT FIVE) 'spiritual gift' tests. Suffice it to say that I am spiritually bankrupt!
I'm going to admit something about myself here. I go to many, many uplifting blogs, wonderful people write such deep, astounding, prayerful posts. And others leave deep, profound, and prayerful comments. These people all lead good and giving lives. And they put me to shame.
In comparison, I make me feel bad about my life. And in the past, I would have done anything to avoid these people, blaming them for making me feel bad about myself!
Not this time. This time I am going to make an effort to change me. I'd be grateful for a prayer or two.
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