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Gratitude –You Can Never Have Too Much

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I awoke this morning thankful to see another day.

If we take the time, we all can think of things to be thankful for, but do we?

The more we express our gratitude, even to just ourselves, the better our attitude will be toward all circumstances in life. An article in Scientific American Mind, states that showing gratitude can increase your own happiness by as much as 25%.

When you open your eyes in the morning remember that there are those who thought they would receive the gift of a new day, but did not.

So many of us actually live in ABUNDANCE, but without the keen sense of gratitude that concept may not be clear. I look at what I consider basic needs to initiate my barometer of abundance. Take clean drinking water for instance. For most of us, when we are thirsty, we need only turn on the water in a sink to quench our thirst.  Food is a basic need.  Just think of how much food we throw away and waste while over 33 million people starve to death each year.

When you awaken to that precious new day, are you in a bed, with sheets, blankets and pillows?  Did you have new pajamas to put on before you climbed in the night before? Did you even think about the security you have in your house or the fact that you have heat to keep you warm while you dream?   Many of these comforts go unnoticed by us while others sleep in refugee tents for decades.

A few years back, I chose to concentrate on gratitude every day for a year. It made a profound difference in my life.  Try it!  Each day strive to remember all that is good in your life. Commit to taking the time and intensifying your senses to become aware of all of the gifts in your life.  You will find them abundant and overwhelming.

I challenge each of you to do some brain training and find all you have to be thankful for each day. The world will be a better place for each of our efforts.

More Gratitude = Better attitude

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Julie Ann Sullivan has been engaging people with her workshops and interactive presentations for more than 20 years.  She speaks to corporations, educators, students and professional organizations about life’s journeys. She is the author of Life Lessons, Shape-Up for Success , Pocketful of Inspiration and A little bit of GRATITUDE goes a long way.  Julie Ann lives in Pittsburgh PA with her poodle Lucky.

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