How to Feel More Gratitude for Life

by Karl Smerecnik on July 14, 2011

“The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar

Photo by Blake Danger Bentley

Have you ever noticed that if you are in an angry mood, every situation seems to make you more angry? Or if you are feeling hopeless, you will find an endless number of examples to confirm your hopelessness? Or perhaps if you are feeling happy, you continually find situations to celebrate? Whatever you focus your attention on becomes your reality. As Ziglar explains, by creating a mindset of gratitude, you will create a life you are grateful for.

There is nothing wrong with feeling angry or hopeless, in fact it may help reveal some aspects of your life that are not meeting your needs. The key is to be aware that we are not helpless to our emotions because we have the capacity at any moment to choose our mindset, which in turn changes how we experience the world. There is not a right or wrong way, it’s just a matter of being clear on what you want to experience.

Gratitude is a habit. The more you cultivate a mindset of gratitude, the more often you will experience it and the more you will recognize how many things you have to be grateful for. Creating a sense of gratitude empowers you to see the limitless beauty of your life and see new possibilities in every situation.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

It is essential to not just be aware of the things we are grateful for but to really live each day honoring them. If you are grateful for your body, prioritize taking care of it; if you have gratitude for the beauty of nature, live sustainably to keep it beautiful; if you are grateful for your friendships, proactively show your appreciation and care for them.

Stepping Into Gratitude

  1. List 3 things you are grateful for in the comment section below.
  2. Take time throughout each day, even if it’s just 1 minute, to focus on the things you are grateful for. I have made a ritual of doing it before meals and really enjoy it!
  3. Think of 1 thing you are incredibly grateful for and commit to spending part of a weekend actively partaking in, savoring, or celebrating it.
  4. When feeling unsatisfied, authentically connect with the beauty of your unmet needs, mourn the situation, and if you desire, find a strategy to meet your needs. Complaining is incredibly disempowering, avoid it like the plague!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Karl July 14, 2011 at 14:51

1. Bike lanes
2. Woody Allen films
3. Zen gardens


andream. July 14, 2011 at 17:06

my mother
my bicycle
GRE practice tests


Junaline July 14, 2011 at 21:48

Hot stones massage


Margsqueak July 17, 2011 at 04:23

my friends and family
npr –

but sometimes the list of things to be grateful for is so long it yields to guilt.


Matt July 18, 2011 at 02:48

Medicine balls
My laptop
Science fiction

Reply July 23, 2011 at 15:29

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