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A Great Attitude Leads to Great Gratitude

b2ap3_thumbnail_MP900431741After all…what is gratitude…what does it really mean?  Well, let’s not struggle with the answer let’s Google it and find out, at least in terms of a dictionary definition.  A quote from Merriam-Webster:  “a feeling of appreciation or thanks.”  Pretty simple and logical, don’t you think?

Since I’m on the “definition” kick, let’s Google the definition of the word, attitude.  Another quote from Merriam-Webster:

“: the way you think and feel about someone or something

: a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person’s behavior

: a way of thinking and behaving that people regard as unfriendly, rude, etc.”

Okay!  Enough with the definitions but they do set up a clear course to my ultimate point in this post.

To start, think about how you want to live your life and how you want to feel at the end of it.  My assumption (and, it’s a big one) is you want to feel good about it.  In other words, you want to experience “a feeling of appreciation or thanks.”  In other words, you want to feel a sense of a life well lived.

Here’s one critical thing you must consistently practice throughout your life for you to feel gratitude at the end of it.  “The way you think and feel about someone or something” throughout your life is the driver.  The way you think is the way you feel…think negative…you get negative…think positive…you get positive.

For example, if you go through your life with “a way of thinking and behaving that people regard as unfriendly, rude, etc.,” you will not feel a sense of gratitude toward yourself and your actions.  You will be unsettled and deeply disappointed in yourself.  Furthermore such an attitude will generate “a feeling or way of thinking that affects” your behavior negatively.  Remember…negative begets negativity!

So, spend each of your days searching for “a feeling of appreciation or thanks” and your great attitude will bring you great gratitude.

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