I suppose that I have written this blog for the past two years perhaps but I seem pressured almost every time I go to post my next entry. I don’t know why that happens , perhaps its stage fright or its human.

So when was the last time you said thank you to someone and really meant it? Tough question ,huh, especially in today’s world ,where we may begin our day thinking, what have you done for me lately or what’s in it for me. Surprisingly enough ,it feels good when its coming from another person. Better yet try counting the several times you publicly hear someone saying Thank you. You might be amazed of its frequency.

Elvis Presley actually coined the phrase of politeness by adding two more words, very much. Thank you very much was evidenced often to the many audiences during his unforgettable performances!

I’m about to reach over 970+ hits to my page and quite frankly I would probably have more but it’s not about the measure but I hope a message or a sentence that was inspiring and uplifting and which built confidence when there weren’t any around.

I found something from the book ” The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne” about showing a little gratitude and how much power it possesses if you were to do this daily. Here’s how it goes….

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that comes back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them. You will have locked into the frequency of gratitude and all good things will be yours.” Don’t take my word for it .try it , I suppose.

I’m only expressing my thanks for each of you who have visited my blog here at FindingYourZenith. Not going anywhere for now ….just sharing a little gratitude! I would love to hear what you have to say on the topic!

Thank you, very much!

Curt Canada builds confidence in his clients as an Executive, Leadership, Career, and Life Coach at FindingYourZenith , a private Coaching practice in Washington, DC.

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Expressing Thanks!

April 27, 2009

   Filling Your Gratitude  Basket

Curt Canada MSW

 

I know that we are all inundated with news events that have placed so much stress on us! Our questionable economy, foreclosures, health scare regarding the swine flu, and continued job loss has us overwhelmed.

Today’s article hopefully will bring some light, energy, and personal strength during seemingly tough times!

 

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

 

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

 

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

 

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

 

There are many things to be grateful for: Spring Tiger Lilies, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, family , tomatoes, afternoon thunderstorm, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies, new fresh spring grass! What’s on your list?

 

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

 

  Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.

 

  Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.

 

  Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.

 

  Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.

 

  When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.

 

  Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

 

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work . Thank you so much for visiting me and reading my blog!

 

Curt Canada MSW provides coaching and consulting at Finding Your Zenith

 in Washington, D.C.    www.findingyourzenith.com

 

 

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