“The way to repair a bad attitude is to practice gratitude.” When things seem to be going all wrong and anger is welling up in your gut, it may help if you try to find things that you are grateful for in your life. A bit of self-control may be necessary to focus on something other than your problems; however, the benefits will astound you. It is difficult to be mad when you are thanking the universe for your blessings.
According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in 2002, “Optimistic people decreased their risk of early death by 50% compared with those who leaned more towards pessimism. “ Therefore, by being optimistic and grateful for your life and the people and things in it, you are giving yourself a better chance at a longer life. Consequently, your practice of gratitude will make that long life a much happier one.
What are some things to be grateful for? You can start with the things most of us take for granted like food, water, and shelter. Many people in the world are not as fortunate to have these simple necessities of life. Be thankful for the car you drive, the light in your house, the washer and dryer. Show gratitude for the cashier that rang up your order at McDonald’s, the janitor who cleans your office, or the person who sorts your mail at the Post Office. Look around you. There are thousands of things for you to be grateful for as they touch your everyday.
Once you begin to experience gratitude practice it daily. Suddenly, that bad attitude will be just a memory and your life will be a joyful place. Does this sound too preachy? Try it and see if it works. What do you have to lose but a bad attitude?Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.