I Am Grateful

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can help us connect with the present moment.  It helps us to appreciate what we have, instead of what we lack. It reminds us of the beauty and wonder that surrounds us, even in the midst of challenges and difficulties. It opens our hearts to the gifts and blessings that life offers us and invites us to share them. Gratitude is not just a feeling, but a way of living. It is the bridge that leads us to joy, peace, and fulfillment.

Gratitude can lead to increased feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and productivity.   When we practice gratitude, we are able to focus on the present moment and appreciate the good things in our lives. When faced with challenges, we can be grateful for the opportunity to become aware that there is more than one way through and learn from our struggles to overcome.  Become aware, be grateful for the opportunity to change and think differently and take acitons in accordance.

Your turn

Thinking back over the past week:

  1. What are three things you’re grateful for today?
  2. Who are three people in your life that you’re grateful for?
  3. What is one thing that happened today that you’re grateful for?
  4. What is one thing you’ve learned recently that you’re grateful for?
  5. What is one thing that caused stress, presented a challenge or a reaction you had that you can be grateful you are now aware of and can change?

5-Minute Cup Filler Exercise

Here is a 5-minute daily exercise to develop your skills around applying the lessons you have learned to improve your daily outcomes.

Develop an attitude of gratitude.  Become aware.  Be Grateful.  Take Action.

Think back over the last 24 hours.

BECOME AWARE:  Identify one thing you can be grateful for (positive or negative) that you want more of or want to change the outcome of.

BE GRATEFUL: Rephrase your original action into the choice you can be grateful for.  What is the “better version of you” you choose instead?

I am grateful for __(insert what you became aware of)___ because it gives me a chance to __(insert what you will do differently)___ .

TAKE ACTION: What is one choice (when faced with it again) you can make to manage your reaction and improve the outcome?
Name an additional action you choose to take throughout the day to reinforce.

Jen Weis

The publisher of Morning Cup.