Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

“Everyday is a struggle” – that is what the world is telling us, as if each day is plainly a battle for survival. At a certain degree, it might be the case, but most of the time we miss the point that each day is also an opportunity to realize success no matter how small these can be. Each day is an opportunity to experience life-changing events. Each day is another opportunity to do the things that you love or spend it with the ones dearest to your heart. Indeed, it is important to be aware that most, if not all, experiences has both the negative  and positive aspects that makes the statement “there’s always something to be thankful for” soooo true.

Gratitude Changes Perspective

Having an attitude of gratitude sweeps away the things that trigger our impatience, intolerance, anger, negative judgment, and resentments. It is an avenue to see hope instead of pity, and success instead of defeat. It encourages selflessness and intentional living by allowing you to see how blessed you are and seeing yourself capable to bring change as well in the life of others. It allows you to celebrate small wins, be contented, and look forward to best things that are about to come your way in the next days. Living with a grateful attitude can change your life and the life of those that you impact.

Having an Attitude of Gratitude is Life Changing

Living with a grateful attitude can change your life and the life of those that you impact. How? Here are some benefits on the important aspects our lives:

      1. Spiritual Benefits

        Thanksgiving is the most important element of worship. By  being thankful on all blessings and even on the trials that we have, we acknowledge God’s presence in our life and we honor his sovereignty. Psalm 50:23, says,  “Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.” Yes, by being grateful, you honor God and you are able to testify about his goodness and proclaim His glory.

      2. Social Benefits

        Studies show that people who often say “thank you” are able to initiate and maintain more friendships than those who don’t. People who tend to be more appreciative even on small things are easy to get along with compared to those who rant and whine about almost every thing.

      3. Physical Benefits

        Just think about the things that keeps you awake at night. If you only you are more thankful, you’ll be free from the worries that keeps you thinking. According to Robert Emmons in his research about gratitude, “Compared to those who were not jotting down their blessings nightly, participants in the gratitude condition reported getting more hours of sleep each night, spending less time awake before falling asleep, and feeling more refreshed upon awakening. Perhaps this is why grateful individuals feel more alive and vital during the day…”

      4. Physiological Benefits

        According to Scientists, the elicit surge of feel good hormones like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, that you get when you think about things that you are thankful for, build enduring personal connections. As a result, people who practice this on a regular basis are said to be less prone to depression and are able to cope more effectively with everyday stress.

    What are you thankful for today? Join this move!

    Join the #GratitudePostChallenge by posting a gratitude post for the next 14 days and tagging a fried to do the same. 

    Step 1: Share this post.
    Step 2: Add the Day # and state one thing that you are thankful for (for that day or even something that you’ve always been thankful for).
    Step 3: Tag a friend and challenge him/her to do the same.
    Step 4: Use the hashtags #thirstydrifter , #gratitudepost , #spreadwordsofgratitude, and #gratitudepostchallenge

     

  1. Sample:
  2. Day 1:  I am grateful that God surrounded me with people who continuously inspires me to be an inspiration to others too. Thank you for always reminding me that I am blessed to bless others too._________________________________________
    🙌 GRATITUDE POST CHALLENGE 🙌
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    Now it’s your turn Paul Lobos. For 14 days, have a #gratitudepost by copying this in your wall to share one thing that you are grateful of and tag a friend each day to do the same.

    “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
    to one who orders his way rightly
    I will show the salvation of God!” -Psalm 50:23

    #thirstydrifter #spreadwordsofgratitude #gratitudepostchallenge

  3. Consider it as a gift to yourself and the ones close to you. Let’s change each other’s life by living with an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.


About JP Lobos

John Paul Lobos is a social media influencer from Manila, Philippines who loves to travel, write, and indulge into conversations. He is also a Fintech trainer, an IT professor, preacher, and entrepreneur who has a very deep passion for people. He leads a youth ministry at San Pedro, Laguna where he disciples young Christians to help them become positive influencers as well in their own creative ways. During his free time, he enjoys arts and crafts and reading articles online. His blog and social media sites serves as his channel to motivate and inspire his audience.

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