And, according to legendary pastor, leadership and management expert John C Maxwell, gratitude, by its very nature, automatically works to eliminate three mental characteristics that most undermine individual success in an interactive world:
Maxwell also talks about how gratitude can enrich your life:
- Grateful people linger over life’s blessings
- Grateful people live in the moment
- Grateful people leave fear behind
- Grateful people live on purpose
- Grateful people love those beside them
So, how do you put gratitude into practice? Great question. In a New York Times article, Arthur C Brooks, author of Gross National Happiness, suggests practicing three gratitude strategies to tap into its powerful beneﬁts:
- Interior gratitude: Keep a daily or weekly list of the things you are grateful for. For example, each day you might write down 1 – 3 people or things you are grateful for.
- Exterior gratitude: Write thank-you notes and share your gratitude with others. These can be hand-written notes, phone calls, emails, or text messages.
- “Be grateful for useless things”: Mindfully express thanks for the everyday stuff that we too often take for granted, like running water, air conditioning, washing machines, etc.
With gratitude comes miracles … miracles + gratitude! Darren’s thoughts on: “How Miracles Happen”
Oprah Winfrey, a leader in the consciousness of gratitude, may have said best, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never; ever have enough.”
To You, 🙂