I know that in order to have a happy life, gratitude is necessary and thankfulness requires cultivation. Therefore, I practice gratitude daily.
I take time before bed to remind myself of all the things for which I am thankful. Reflecting on my day, I consider my positive actions and the kindness of others throughout the day. In a very literal way, I count my many blessings.
Also, I notice the gifts that come to me through no action of my own. Perhaps I have a special skill or talent, or maybe I was born into a loving family. Whatever the blessing, I take note and say a small prayer of thanks.
To further cultivate my gratitude, I may also choose to engage in spiritual pursuits. Whether I practice at home or at a formal place of worship, with ritual or with spontaneity, I ensure that my spiritual life includes many thanks. I take every opportunity to experience my gratitude.
I know that many people go through life feeling unloved or unwelcome. And with the challenges inherent in living, I can easily see how these feelings could arise. However, I know that even in my darkest of times, I have much to be thankful for. And on my best days, my heart overflows naturally.
Today, I make an effort to remember my many blessings. My life is always better when I live with a thankful heart. Therefore, I practice gratitude daily.
1. What are some of the blessings in my life right now?
2. What can I be thankful for about my family?
3. Do I have any skills or talents for which I can be grateful? If so, what are they?