You can be grateful and content with what you have or not content because you are focused on all the wrong things.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING TIPS
When you can say “Thank you” for all what has been given and what has been escaped, you are the master or mistress of gratitude. Here are the Emotional Fitness Training step leading to mastering gratitude.
Tip one: Say “Thank you” when something sparks a new feeling in you. The feeling can be a good or bad feeling; your “Thank you” can be sincere or rote or even sarcastic. Just say the words and in time gratitude will emerge.
Tip two: Cultivating an attitude of gratitude. An attitude of gratitude when bad things happen involves practicing acceptance. Easily done when good is visiting you; more difficult when bad things are happening to you.
As the Buddhists believe “Life is suffering.” The Buddhists also believe “The source of all suffering is desire” – wanting what you want, not what life offers. For many this means reducing expectations.
Tip three: Develop an explanation for why good and bad visits. The most common explanations involve matters of faith ranging from a belief in karma with its idea past lives determine the course of current lives to the belief in a God or Gods whose actions are designed to punish individual sins or teach individuals lessons.
Four ideas help me. Mainly, I believe most of what happens to people is only partly the consequences of their behavior. Much is luck or randomness. I do believe all that happens teaches something; I also believe miracles or special favors happen but for reasons we do not know or control. Finally, I believe the best lives are those based on being kind as well as being grateful.
Thank You for All You Do
Thank me by remembering sharing is caring. if you liked this post, share it. You are practicing kindness and that keeps us both moving ahead.
This post was inspired by the Word Press Daily Post Prompt Feast.
I use the Daily Prompts not just to spark my blog ideas, but to improve my critical thinking skills.
Not sure how to use a Daily Post Prompt as a writer? Here are the steps to get started. Then improve your thinking skills by seeing where the prompt has taken others and how other thoughts fuel your thoughts. Whether you write or not your thinking skills are improved by reading other people’s thoughts.
LINKS OF INTEREST
These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.
Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises (www.emotionalfitnesstraining.com
The five components of Emotional Intelligence (www.sonoma.edu)Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)Emotional Fitness Tips for Parents (parentsarepeopletoo.com)
An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents(amazon.com)