It’s that time of year when everyone is beginning to talk more and more about gratitude. It’s that “attitude of gratitude” and it’s one that is a good one to have. But it’s very easy to get caught up in just those words, being thankful, saying thank you, and having that attitude of gratitude. Having that attitude is about more than that. It’s about more than just saying the words. It’s about BEing gratitude.
We’ve been talking about karma a lot in this eleventh month of the year, and this is the reason you want to not just say the words “thank you.” When you have that actual attitude of gratitude, miracles actually do happen to you more and more frequently. So don’t get caught up in the colloquialisms of having the attitude of gratitude. Instead, embody the spirit of gratitude.
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What is the Attitude of Gratitude?
The spirit of gratitude is exactly what it sounds like. It is about having that actual spirit, as much as possible. It’s impossible to be grateful every minute of every day. But when stress or discomfort arises in your daily life, being grateful for that experience sets off a chain reaction with the law of attraction that enables you to create and attract more abundance in your life. It’s all about your overall mindset, just like improving your karma is. You can spend time in the woe is me moments of life when negative events happen, or, you can thank Universe and the angels for sending you this test, and look beyond the test to see the opportunities you are actually being given.
Forgive the Negative Nellies
Have you ever been around someone that is nothing but negative? It can be really draining. And sometimes we get so caught up in it that we become negative ourselves. Believe it or not, this is their intent! A negative nelly is someone that is having problems embracing and embodying the spirit of gratitude in their own life. And, they see that you, or someone else around them does not have this same problem. So they pour on the negativity and drama, put on their Negative Nelly hat, and try and bring you down. Don’t let them! When they feel they have brought you down, they feel better. And, you don’t.
It’s impossible to embody the spirit of gratitude when you are busy grumbling about how someone is trying to ruin your day. Guess what? When you are busy grumbling about them, they have succeeded. Instead, show them how to win by embracing the spirit of gratitude. Thank them for their entrance into your day, and don’t engage their drama. That’s exactly what they want you to do: Engage. So, don’t! Being the bigger person and having that actual spirit of gratitude is about actually being the bigger person, not just saying the words. But you can use your words to rise in these occasions.
The next time you have a Negative Nelly on your hands, forgive them, and tell them that you appreciate them. Realize, in your heart, where they are coming from, and smile and love them on the outside. That will not only throw them off, and tip the scales of gratitude in your favor, but it mitigates the drama factor. They won’t keep pushing your buttons if they know they can’t win. Some will try, yes. But you just keep appreciating them. They won’t stick around too long if they know they can’t drag you down.
Then, who ends up having the worse day in this scenario? Not you. And their bad day is not your problem. Not if you have embodied the spirit of gratitude and appreciated all of the souls in your day that have reminded you of this.
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Having that attitude of gratitude is a great thing. And we are all reminded more and more of this at this time of year. But it’s about more than just saying thank you in the good times. It’s about being truly appreciative of the tests and challenges that are thrown at us every single day. When you can see beyond those tests and challenges, and see them as opportunities, then you know you have nailed the spirit of gratitude and will rise like no other during this season of gratitude.
And remember, the attitude of gratitude is not about showing off that you are the bigger person. It’s about embracing your own positive mindset, to create your own personal success. Any zodiac sign can do this. And sometimes that’s just about having a successful day. And then doing it again. And again. That’s the power of embodying the spirit of gratitude. How will you embody this spirit of gratitude today? And tomorrow? And the next day?