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‘Tis the season for thankfulness and gratitude. It sounds like a simple concept, but tell that to someone who has fallen on hard times, lost a loved one, is battling cancer, struggling through infertility, and the list goes on. It’s not always easy to see the positive and bright side of things when you are going through a rough time. Therefore, an attitude of gratitude might take some work and intention.

Here are 4 tips to help you develop an attitude of gratitude.

1-Every day, list 3 good things that happened. It’s so easy to focus on the negative when you are going through difficulties in life. By focusing on 3 positives each day, you can train yourself to focus more on those little “bright spots” instead of the negatives. You can take this a step further by writing these three things down on a small sheet of paper. Then, put them into a jar all year long. At the end of the year, you should have many positive things to read about from that year. Watching your jar fill up with good things will remind you that positive things are happening all around you, which creates a grateful spirit.

2-Read a daily devotional. You are what you focus your mind on. Reading a daily devotional can give you a fresh perspective as you go about your day. This can help you to see things differently and encourage an attitude of gratitude.

3-Help others. Nothing encourages you to see just how grateful you should be than helping others. Volunteering not only makes you feel good inside but it can also foster gratitude. It allows you to see situations that makes you re-evaluate your attitude and focus on gratitude.

4-Thank God daily in prayer. Being grateful starts deep within your heart and soul. Look around you and start with some basic things to thank God for in a prayer. Start with the fact that your basic needs are being met and go from there. By thanking God in prayer, you can inspire yourself to have a more grateful spirit. He will help you see so much that you have to be grateful for.

The act of having a grateful attitude does not come easy to everyone. With a few intentional practices, a spirit of gratitude can certainly become easier. Being thankful, no matter the season in life can drastically improve your outlook. Look around, right where you are and find all the things to be grateful for.

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