As the Irish say, “Enough its a feast.” Good to remember as you try to stay grateful. Be Grateful is the first of the Daily Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises.
First Way: Remember all you have to be grateful for—life, love, a beautiful world. List in your head at least three specific things you that you are grateful for—a family, friends, a pet, a pleasant home, children, good health are a few of the specific things often included on a gratitude list.
When you have made your list, take a deep calming breath in; then as you breathe out say “Thank You” for the first item on your list. naming what you are thankful for. Breathe normally for a few minutes and then thank the second and third items on your list exactly as you thanked the first. When you have completed your list, say a general thank you and finish with another calming breath.
When expressing gratitude toward people, be specific; name the person. Some people use this exercise as a prayer and thank the God they believe; some simply thank life.
Second Way: Every time someone does something for you, say “Thank you” out loud. When someone rings up your purchases or packs your groceries, or holds a door, say “Thank you.”
Third Way: Thank inanimate objects. Say “Thank you” when something works. Say “Thank you” when things go your way. Say “Thank you.” when you see something of beauty. Say “Thank you.” when you hear some beautiful or inspiring music, or cheerful music. Say “Thank you” hen you smell a whiff of fresh air, or the scent of a flower, or the aroma of fresh coffee or hot chocolate. Say “Thank you.” to all the good that the world gives you. saying “Thank you” extends the gift.
Fourth Way: Say “Thank you” for the bad things that happen and as you say thank you look for the lessons. Minimally, bad things teach the lesson of enjoying the good things
Fifth Way: Extend the your gratitude by keeping your “Thank you” genuine.. This takes a bit of practice and remembering to take a calming breath, then focusing and ending your “Thank you” with a smile works best.
When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.
Sam Lefkowitz, American humorist
three parenting tips
Parenting tip one: The more you say ‘Thank you” to and around your children, the more they will say “Thank you.”
Parenting tip two: Start young. Begin by Signing “Thank you” before your child masters language. Teach “yes,” “no,” and “thank you” The ASL sign for “Thank You” is similar to blowing a kiss. As you sign, say the words.
Parenting tip three: Teach and force your kids to write “Thank you” notes. My mother did not teach or make me write “Thank you” notes.
Confession, I did not force my kids to do write such notes. Big mistake. I did teach gratitude and to say “Thank you.”
As cosmetics entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash put: “There are two things people want more than sex and money: recognition and praise.”
A thank you note meets such needs and can take little time to craft. Handwritten and snail mail ones work best. When I get such a “Thank you”, I am flooded with warmth. I am also more likely to do something nice for the sender. I am not alone in failing to push the hand written note. Big mistake.
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Thank you and work at staying strong until next time,. I work hard to do the same as life is often difficult but staying strong lets me find the good.
LINKS OF INTEREST
- The Importance of Gratitude (examinedexistence.com)
- How To Write Thank You Notes (themorningnews.org
- Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
- Daily Post (wordpress.com)
All the handouts and poster coaches for this course are being posted at the store so you can download them for free. A poster coach is like a face-to-face coach; all serve as practice reminders, some teach you the exercises needed to stay strong.
To use one, after down loading it from the store, print it up preferably in cardstock and color, then post it where you will see it as you go about your day.
Apologies if you cannot find one. I am a Jill of all in this business, so some things take longer than others. If something used here isn’t posted yet, you will find lots of other offerings including inspirational quotes or more EFTI exercises. In time all will be posted.
DAILY PROMPT What are the top items on your anti-bucket list — those things you never, everwant to do, places you never want to visit, books you never want to read, etc.?
How this fits in with today’s EFTI Post: Get a face lift, tummy tuck, dye my hair. I am grateful for having lived long enough that wrinkles sags and gray hair no longer matter. Being alive is gift enough.