Being Thankful

Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends. P.S. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence.”

As my family and I were celebrating Christmas last week, we watched It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. It is a classic and if you’ve never seen it, I urge you to watch it soon. The reminder I always get from the movie is to celebrate what you have because it is greater than what you realize. Too often, we focus on what we don’t have or even worst, compare it to what others have. Which causes us to underestimate our self-worth.

Appreciation
A key element to happiness is appreciating all you have. When you take a good look at yourself and your “possessions”, it will be greater than you think. I suggest doing the following each day:

  • List three things you did well or positive outcomes from the day
  • Based on your, day, what do you want to improve
  • What is one thing you can do, that will lead to your desiered improvement

Listing these things daily will help in a greater appreciation of yourself and life in general.

Daily Acknowledgment
By acknowledging your gifts, the appreciation for them will grow and happiness will ensue. The key is to do this daily and not just around the holidays or a few times a year. It needs to be a habit. All of us have more than we realize to be thankful for. It could be our health, food to eat, roof over our head, friendships and family, and so forth. It will be different for each person. And yes, some people have more than us while others have less, that is a fact of life. But we still need to acknowledge and appreciate what we do have. When we focus more on what we don’t have or how it compares to person x, then we are missing the gifts we do have. Most of us, will start to realize we have more than we thought. In this case, donate to someone less fortunate than you.

A Challenge
Take some time today and think about things you thankful for and write them down. Then share the list with someone close to you and challenge them to do the same. Do this everyday and you will be surprised at how much you do have going for you in life.

My three from yesterday:

  • List three things you did well or positive outcomes from the day
  1. Spent time and celebrated with my family
  2. Unplugged from technology
  3. Added another day to my streak of calling my parents
  • Based on your, day, what do you want to improve

Acknowledging my many blessings and not always focus on what I don’t have.

  • What is one thing you can do, that will lead to your desiered improvement

Taking time each day to appreciate one thing in my life to be thankful for. My thing for yesterday was my family.

What are yours?

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