Adjusting Attitude with Gratitude

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster Real Estate DLLR# 94660

"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted."

 -Aldous Huxley, (1894 - 1963) English writer

Do you have a practice for dealing with daily stress? I thought I’d share a simple and surprisingly effective exercise you can do each day that will not only boost your spirits, but lighten the perceived burden of “the daily grind.” No running shoes required! You can do it without breaking a sweat, right from the comfort of your car, your desk, or even the line at Starbucks.

It sounds simple, but it’s quite powerful: Each day, think of five things you're grateful for. They don't have to be big things. In fact, it's great to start with the little things. It helps get you in the flow.

Start with one or two basic things you take for granted, for example: "I'm grateful for a hot shower in the morning." Or: "I'm grateful for a safe neighborhood."

Come up with five new things each time you practice. You might find this challenging at first. There should be a little struggle, but push through it. "I'm grateful for the smile of the guy at the bagel shop." Or: "I'm grateful for my family dinner on Sundays."

It might seem silly at first, but you'll notice that the more you express your gratitude, the more you'll connect to a general feeling of benevolence for others and well-being. Really take a moment for each simple gratitude to sink in. Visualize what you're grateful for and recall experiencing it.

 This gratitude exercise connects you to the world in a positive way. It makes the trivial annoyances in life sting less, and reminds you to note what it is in the world you truly appreciate. When your focus shifts to gratitude, your attitude improves.

Give it a try this week and see what you think. Waiting in line, stuck in traffic, killing time between appointments... they're all great windows to practice a little gratitude.

Sometimes my clients ask me how I keep my cool when dealing with a difficult real estate deal. Well, this is one of my tricks to keep everything in perspective. If you’re looking for a stress-free home buying or selling experience, I can help.

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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

Awesome! You just have to be positive because it comes back to you, at least I believe so. It's great to read an inspirational post about motivating from the inside out. It all begins with thoughts and then thoughts become actions.  Blessings to you!

May 28, 2014 06:09 AM #1
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

What an motivating post!  We truly have so many things to be grateful for.  To only think of five things we are grateful each day, can certainly change our outlook on things and make hurdles easier to climb when we are in the right frame of mind. Positive thinking leads to positive behavior.  Thanks for sharing. 

May 28, 2014 06:23 AM #2
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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Great post you are right we all need to take the time to appreciate things we are grateful for each day. Thanks for sharing have a great afternoon.

May 28, 2014 06:49 AM #3
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

Pat ~ So true. Along the same lines as Chris #1; I believe thoughts become words; words become feelings; feelings become actions; actions become habits; habits become character which you carry to your destiny.

So you want life to get better? Start by being grateful that you live in a country where you can change your perceptions and attitudes which WILL allow you to change your life.

Simple steps. Hard passage.

Dec 24, 2014 03:16 AM #4
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