Improve Your Attitude With Gratitude


With everything that is going on in the world, it is so easy to get distracted and fully immersed in the negative aspects that are taking place. As we think about what is happening in the present world, we could rack our minds with all the injustices, natural disasters, and tragedies that are happening. Doing so can put our minds in a pessimistic downward spiral. Try moving all of that energy into all the good that is happening in your life. Gratitude is one of the most important keys to unlocking a bountiful life. Being grateful for what you have and the people who surround and support you is what will open the door to a life of success. Gratitude is a powerful tool that can have revolutionary effects on your life.

There are an infinite amount of ways to express gratitude outwardly. Listed below are five different ways in which you can express gratitude.
1. Use words and use them to impact others positively.
It’s so easy to give compliments or verbally acknowledge someone when they are doing a good job. This positive reinforcement not only recognizes the good that is going on but it also makes the other person feel good about them self. Be detailed in your appreciation and thoughtful.
2. Journal your blessings.
 With everything going on in life it’s entirely understandable to forget the things you appreciated that day. Take some time at the end of each night to write down what you cherished. You can refer to your journal whenever you’re feeling down to remember how blessed you are. It’s also an awesome way to see how you’ve progressed over the years.
3. Smiling is Contagious.
Have you ever passed a stranger on the street walking in the opposite direction and they were enthusiastically smiling at you? I’m sure it instantaneously made you feel good and in turn made you grin. The transfer of energy can be contagious. Make sure you are putting out positivity and light.
4.  Make it a point to volunteer.
We’re all fortunate in some way. Find something you’re passionate about and volunteer your time. Doing so will not only help others, but it will make you feel fantastic.
5. Do not complain.
When something terrible happens, it’s natural to want to complain about it. But every time you complain, you reinforce a negative state of mind without offering a plausible solution to the problem. Instead, next time you feel aggravated, take a few deep breaths and try focusing on something positive.
These are just a few ways to show gratitude. The list is ever-growing and ranges dependent on the person. The most important thing is to teach others and work on growing your appreciation for what life has to offer.

-Shayma S. Sulaiman