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How to be More Thankful

by M.J. Ryan. Conari Press, 1999 November 20, 2008
How to be More Thankful

NEED SOME HELP FIGURING OUT HOW TO BE MORE THANKFUL?

GIVE THESE A TRY...

1. Focus on what's right in your life instead of what's wrong.

2. Create visual or auditory reminders. Have a popup on your computer or have reminders sent to your cell phone (sign up at wellsphere.com).

3. Say "thank you" to others as often as possible.

4. Especially when they're annoying or frustrating you, remember why you love your spouse, kids, and friends.

5. Compare well. When you find yourself envying someone, focus on what you do have that others don't.

6.Give thanks for your body. What can you appreciate about it right now?

7. When difficult things happen, ask yourself: What's right about this? Yes, it's awful, but if something were right about it, what would it be?

8. Look for the hidden blessings in challenges. How have you grown?

9. Imagine that this day is the first and last of your life. How would you treasure it?

10. Practice daily. Write in a journal. Email with a “gratitude partner,” much like an old- fashioned pen pal. Think about everything you appreciate when you're driving home from work, at dinner with your family or before going to sleep. Do this every time you begin to feel less grateful. Remember, the more you create a routine, the easier it will be to remember.

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