Experts all over the world agree that happiness is not about how rich you are or how many friends you might have. The happiest people in the world are not the ones with the most fame or the richest lifestyles.
No, indeed the happiest people are those who have learned to be grateful for what they have. They choose to see beauty amongst the thorns. They refuse to allow life’s circumstances no matter how dark and ugly to steal their joy.
That is why some of the happiest people are often the ones who have gone through some of the deepest and darkest tragedies. Why is this true? It defies all human logic.
Happy people have learned to value what matters and to hold what they have with an open hand. They realize that each and everyday, perhaps each and every breath is a gift! A gift they choose to live fully and intentionally. They have learned the thankfulness habit!
I want this kind of joy in my home. Anybody with me?How can I take my children’s whining and entitled attitudes and change it into something beautiful, glowing, and thankful?
And let’s not pretend I’m a perfect angel. What about my own selfish entitled attitudes? What about my own all too frequent pity-parties?
The Habit of Thankfulness
Happiness, the deep abiding kind starts with one simple habit. The habit of Thankfulness! FIll your home with thanksgiving and reap the sweet reward of happiness
Will life be perfect? No, but it will be better.
Start with You:
“More is caught than taught.” There is so much truth in this statement. Teaching that truly reaches the heart is more often modeled and demonstrated than lectured.
Sometimes our kids don’t need our words as much as they need to see our hearts.
Change Your Attitude!
Easier said than done right:)
If you can change your perspective you can change your attitude! Change your perspective from one that always sees what’s wrong, to one that’s always looking for something to be thankful for.
The thankfulness habit produces a grateful heart, which will change your attitude!
The One Tool Needed to Cultivate the Thankfulness Habit
A Thanksgiving notebook or a gratitude chronicle. However, you choose to call it grab a notebook and jot dot down three things you can be thankful for right now. Not three things you wish were true but three things that are true right now in this very moment:)
Here’s my list:
- Crisp fall leaves
- Cooler days
- Crock pots that make meal-making so much easier:)
The list could go on and of course, it will include the bigger things like children, husbands and family trips, but I want to show the importance of appreciating the small things.
Get your children involved. Assign it as part of their daily journaling. If they don’t keep a journal have them jot down three things they are thankful for every day. Stand back and watch the magic as their attitudes slowly shift. Me-centered entitlement only produces misery while a thankful heart always produces joy!
I wish you joy this day and peace to your home. Blessings:)
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