“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar
Daily Nugget of Gold 1482
It’s Easy for You
Your author hears this from time to time coming from folks who wonder how to maintain a positive mental attitude for themselves. They’ll say, “It’s easy for you” and then explain that for them, they have a great amount of difficulty in pulling it off. Let’s ponder that for a moment. In our view, we’re all Spiritual beings. In addition to that, we weren’t born to a particularly positive family, and we don’t think we inherited a “positive set of genes”, so what makes us different than the average Jane or Joe? For one thing, we do spend a great deal of time researching and writing about things like positive thinking.
Does that mean someone who doesn’t research and write about this stuff can’t pull this off? We don’t think the lack of either of those things puts a kibosh on being in a happy, positive state of mind. Still, our research and writing do seem to have an effect- so let’s talk about that, shall we? We believe that one of the advantages we have is that our mind must be occupied about positive things more than the average person because we research and share what we find. Occupied. We like that word. Think of it as having an army of “good guys” invade our territory. They’re vigilant in guarding against the bad guys simply because they’re here. It’s probably the same reason most criminals won’t try to break into the vending machines located at the police headquarters.
So how does the layman or novice keep themselves in a happy, positive state of mind? It’s rather simple, all the person needs to do in order to duplicate what we’ve got going is to keep their mind “occupied” by the positive thoughts. A good start is to mentally bless everyone you meet in the course of the day. You can spot what’s right about them and praise that. Another thing you can do is to set aside a few minutes at the beginning and end of each day to think of ten things you are happy and grateful for. Make them something different each time.
One way to accomplish this amount of gratitude is to really focus in on what most people take for granted. Do you have 10 fingers? You can bless and praise each one of them as you imagine how fortunate you are to have all of them. Have you ever burned or cut the tip, mid-section, or the base of any of them? That’s 3 parts for each finger you have to be grateful for if they are currently not injured. How about the bones in each one? The bones are in there, right? What about the skin and nails on them? We just started here to show how much we take for granted about what we have, and how we can bless and praise those things- OCCUPYING our minds with positivity. The more positive things we cram in, the less room there is for negativity. Tip the balance in your mind today!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What do I have to be grateful for?”
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