Gratitude opens our hearts to the love that is all around us. It is about taking nothing for granted, and reminding ourselves that even in the midst of chaos and disaster there is still good to be found. When I find myself under a great deal of stress (or in a great deal of distress), I will often pause and find three things that I am grateful for in that moment. Especially when I am angry with someone I find it helpful to remind myself of how grateful I am for all they have done for me and how much their affection means to me.
Gratitude connects us with others, and makes us humble. It allows us to release resentment, and to be in the moment with pure appreciation. Imagine receiving a compliment, and simply saying "Thank you!" You honor the giver by not demurring, and you honor yourself by believing in the compliment's sincerity. Gratitude is one of the most powerful gifts you can give yourself!
Today, find as many things as you can to be grateful for. Write them down, if you are called, share them with others (and your fellow blog readers, in the comments section) if you feel open, or just whisper your gratitudes to yourself all day long as you notice them. Be mindful of how it makes you feel to be grateful, and carry that with you. If you are interested in a series of wonderfully supportive emails on the subject of gratitude, head to the World Gratitude Gathering and sign up for their newsletter. (I'm not affiliated with their project, merely an appreciative subscriber!) Mix it up, and give yourself the gift of gratitude!