We all want to live a life of joy, but there seems to be one thing that is consistently connected to a life of joy.
And what better time to focus on gratitude than during the Easter season, when we remember the greatest gift ever given?
And yet gratitude is more than just an attitude. It is a discipline. It takes practice.
“It seems that gratitude without practice is like faith without works – it’s not alive.” Brené Brown.
So what does gratitude look like? It is easy to be grateful for the obvious things – recovery from an illness, a brand-new healthy baby, a promotion. Tommy Newberry (author of The 4:8 Principle) calls this type of gratitude ‘routine’.
But if we want to live a life filled with joy, we need to learn to feel gratitude for the little things in life.
Like smiles. Music. And washing machines.
We need to show gratitude for the people in our lives.
Tell them that you love and appreciate them.
We need to appreciate and show gratitude for the things we take for granted.
Like the mountains, sunshine, and life.
But gratitude takes discipline and practice. What will it take for you to develop a life of gratitude?
“Assume the attitude, though you have it not.” William Shakespeare.