Jottings On Gratitude

Write down three reasons…. or at least one reason you are grateful for, today.

Accept whatever events that come your way and try to appreciate them a little more.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others.

Gratitude requires that you take a different approach – relishing the moment and not fretting about the next step.

Grateful people reframe whatever happens to them.

It can take 21 days to 6 months to form any habit.

Be grateful for what your spouse does and express what you feel positive about her or him.

View your experiences with fresh eyes each time.

Find a reason at least once a day to say thank you. Focus on the positives instead of the problems. Tell your spouse why you appreciate him.

We have power only over ourselves and our own reactions. People are disturbed not by events, but by the views which they take of them.

To raise grateful kids, be grateful for your kids.

Do not complain. Recognize what is in your control and what isn’t – and acting on the one and ignoring the other.

Whether you are shivering with cold or too hot, sleepy or wide awake…do not let it interfere with doing what is right.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing.

Doing something has a stronger effect than just thinking- hence take photos of what you are grateful for and then write about it. Visit someone who you are grateful for and tell him why you are grateful.

Grateful people have the highest life satisfaction.

It is not an acquisition that leads to gratitude. People report feeling more gratitude for their experiences than for their material possessions.

We have two selfs: the experiencing self and the remembering self. The experiencing self experiences everything but the remembering self is selective. It is this self that can experience gratitude.

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.

Wealth often gives rise to an increased focus on oneself and a decreased focus on the environment. You forget to thank the people who helped you succeed and think that you did it all by yourself.

Be grateful to have enough.

Be grateful to the people who work for you.

If you are grateful, it will make you more healthy.

It is not happiness that makes you grateful, it is gratefulness that makes you happy.

We must make best use that we can of the things which are in our power, and use the rest according to their nature.

Gratitude is felt towards him who gives. It is virtuous and noble to give to the right people, the right amounts and at the right time.

Be grateful that you are alive. You are not going to be alive forever.

A seven-day grateful routine: Say thanks to someone you love. Express gratitude at work. Enjoy the moment. Find a reason to be grateful. Be grateful to someone unexpected. Give of yourself. Show your gratitude out loud.

Be grateful to the Divine.

-notes and reflections from the book: The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan




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