Attitude of Gratitude

Now and then, I catch myself saying words that do not help anything of anybody.  They add to difficulties in life. Complaining or finding the good are choices, but they are not our default.  It seems that the negative side of things will always be there, but over time if we give it attention, it divides us from our goals.  We begin to feel defeated, less energetic, and less focused.  By consciously working on the right attitude while experiencing difficulties or negativity, we create a higher level of consciousness for ourselves.

Let me explain.  Negativity, complaining, and general trash talk exist at the low energy level that exists all around us.  This energy level has been proven many times over by scientists.  But when we choose thoughts that more closely represent what we want to have happened, what we wish for someone, what aligns more closely to our goals, then we are reaching up too much higher levels of energy.  Energy is a lot like the saying; You are the company that you keep.  Remember your parents saying to you, don’t hang around them, they are bad news?

That goes for our thoughts as well.  When we adopt an attitude of being grateful, happy, and more in alignment with what we want to see in the world, guess what, you will see it.

Have you even purchased a new or different car, and you’re driving it around town, and suddenly you see five other vehicles just like yours.  Where were they yesterday?  How did they all show up at once?  Your awareness just increased, and now you notice them.  They were there all along.  Start to move your thoughts toward gratitude for others and their struggles, and those same grateful thoughts will show up in your life as well.  The ultimate test is when we are experiencing some adversity ourselves and yet maintain a positive attitude regardless.

I have a friend who, as a young woman, has had some preeminent health problems.  None of them is her fault, nor come from some mistake that she made.  Yet if you met her, you would never know.  She has a million-dollar smile, greets you warmly, shakes your hand, and takes an interest in you—everything changes when we decide not to allow the negative side of life to come into our space.  Suddenly we have more energy, opportunities that we have been seeking start opening up, we begin to attract the type of people we want to become.

Today, make a declaration to have an Attitude of Gratitude and say “NO” to those thoughts that pollute.  Anne Lamott says, “No is a complete sentence.”  Start saying yes to the ideas that represent what you want people to say about you after you are gone.  You will notice a big difference.

Closely related to Gratitude is a post here that may interest you, Patience & Gratitude = Latitude – Dr. Rich Patterson (

Psychology Today has an article that expresses some great points, Gratitude | Psychology Today


Yours for a Better Life,