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Change your life – Have an Attitude of Gratitude

GRATEFUL, THANKFUL, BLESSED

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks, to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

 It Heightens Your Quality of Life

A practice of gratitude raises your “happiness set-point” so you can remain at a higher level of happiness regardless of outside circumstances.  Research shows that those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than those who don’t practice gratitude.  To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings.

Notice and Appreciate Each Day’s Gifts

We tend to take for granted the good things in our lives.  Imagine losing some of the things that you take for granted, such as your home, your ability to see or hear, your ability to walk, or anything that currently gives you comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things back, one by one, and consider how grateful you would be for each and every one. Start finding joy in the small things instead of the bigger things, like getting the promotion, having a comfortable savings, getting married, or having children, and so on – before allowing yourself to feel gratitude and joy.  In the face of hard times ask yourself: “What’s good about this?”, “What can I learn from this?”, and “How can I benefit from this?”

Incorporate Gratitude into your life every day

If we increase our conscious awareness of gratitude it may require that we train ourselves to think differently. This can be done by incorporating some simple exercises into our lives. For example, you might begin to keep a gratitude journal. Gratitude journals can take many forms, but one way of doing this is to simply write down one thing that you are grateful for each day.It can be something that happened that day, something you felt, or someone in your life who has made a positive impact on you.

You can also speak your expressions of gratitude. You can engage someone in a daily discussion about what you are grateful for. This might take the form of questions like, “What was the best part of your day today?”, or “What is one thing that made you feel really happy today?” This kind of discussion not only helps to increase your own awareness of all that you have to be grateful for, but can also promote positive connection and experiences in your relationship with whomever you choose to have these exchanges. Focus on the positive things, which in turn help the stressors feel less significant, and help you feel happier. Basically, gratitude promotes gratitude.

You can train yourself to notice things that you are thankful for. They can be small things: maybe you notice that your bed is very comfortable, that your lunch is tasty, that a good friend said something nice to you, etc. It is easy to take these kinds of experiences for granted and not direct our conscious awareness to them. But training yourself to notice these kinds of things and really feel grateful for them can help increase your own experience of happiness.

Be Thankful –

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

10 Quotes to Keep You Thinking, Encouraged, and Positive

 

 

  • “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

 

  • To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

Dr. Seuss

 

  • “When you think things are bad,
    when you feel sour and blue,
    when you start to get mad…
    you should do what I do!
    Just tell yourself, Duckie,
    you’re really quite lucky!
    Some people are much more…
    oh, ever so much more…
    oh, muchly much-much more
    unlucky than you!”

Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

 

  • “You can find magic
    wherever you look.
    Sit back and relax,
    all you need is a book.”
    Dr.  Seuss

 

  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

 

 

  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

 

  • “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
    Audrey Hepburn

 

  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
    Albert Einstein

 

  • “You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words that matter.
    Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue

If you have a favorite quote, please share or comment.

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Success

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Ours is an ever-changing world; one in which we often times have very little control.   Our beliefs, expectations, and the way we choose to think and feel about ourselves and others determine everything that happens to us.  We only have complete control over one thing in this world we live in – our thinking – and what actions we take as a result of those thoughts.  Using our minds to consider or reason what we should do will determine the results that we get.  If we change the quality of our thinking for the better, we can change the quality of our lives almost overnight.

So below, I have listed some great motivational quotes – some which you have probably heard many times but hold true – so that you can take control of your thoughts, think positively and make life changes that will ensure success.

Walt Disney – “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Rob Siltanen – “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe – Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Wishing is not enough, we must do.”

Dr. Henry Link – ” We generate fears while we sit.  We overcome them by action.”

Albert Einstein – “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

Theodore Roosevelt – ” Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.”

C. S. Lewis – “You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Brian Tracy – “Fake it until you make it.  Act as if you had all the confidence you require until it becomes your reality.”

Helen Keller – “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”

Harvey Mackay – “Positive thinking is more than just a tagline.  It changes the way we behave.  I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, it makes those around me better.”

Confucius – “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

Charles R. Swindoll – “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

Norman Vincent Peale – “Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be happy.”

William James – “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”

Aldous Huxley – “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

Robert H. Schuller – “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”

Mark Twain – “Courage is resistance to fear – mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

Unknown – “Good things come to those who wait.  Greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.”

Unknown – “Life has 2 rules – 1.  Never quit, and 2. Always remember rule #1.”

Unknown – “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.  It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

So here’s to thinking positively, being fearless, and living life to the fullest.  Have a great day!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

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10 Quotes to Keep You Thinking, Encouraged, and Positive

 

 

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  • “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
    Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

 

 

  • To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

Dr. Seuss

 

  • “When you think things are bad,
    when you feel sour and blue,
    when you start to get mad…
    you should do what I do!
    Just tell yourself, Duckie,
    you’re really quite lucky!
    Some people are much more…
    oh, ever so much more…
    oh, muchly much-much more
    unlucky than you!”

Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

 

  • “You can find magic
    wherever you look.
    Sit back and relax,
    all you need is a book.”
    Dr.  Seuss

 

  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

 

 

  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

 

  • “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
    Audrey Hepburn

 

  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
    Albert Einstein

 

  • “You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words that matter.
    Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue

If you have a favorite quote, please share or comment.

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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