Gratitude really is the best attitude. You know why? Well, think of it this way. When you focus on the things you are thankful for - the things you like and love - you are uplifting yourself just by thinking about them and telling someone about them. And the goal is to feel good, right?
When you focus on the things you don't like...well, even though you may be telling yourself, or someone else, that you don't want them, it's not making them go away, AND you are still focusing on them - which means you naturally aren't going to feel so good thinking about things you don't like. As you focus on them more, they get bigger, at least in your mind. When you focus on the things you like, then the happy things become bigger. (Of course, we often have to acknowledge about something we don't like in order to take action. I'm talking about focusing on it for a long time without changing anything).
Which do you choose to make bigger in your life? The things you love? Or the things that bug you? We have a choice!
Fun Gratitude Exercise using the ABC's
I am thankful for AIR and BREATHING, and I love BEAUTY. I like to play with CATS and DOGS. I love the color EGGPLANT and am very grateful for my FRIENDSHIPS. I love GOING to new places (see the creativity here?) and HEARING birds sing. I am thankful that *I* am responsible for my happiness, and love hearing funny JOKES....