Attitude of Gratitude – TRY IT!

I know I’ve talked about gratitude here more than once. The reason for this is that gratitude changes how we think and feel. That’s not just my opinion, science has repeatedly proven it.*

To gain the benefits of this you must practice gratitude regularly. Writing out your gratitude makes it even more effective. 

So get a journal and spend a few minutes each evening listing things for which you are grateful. Be sure to include things that are about your husband and your marriage. It will change how you feel about your husband and your marriage for the better.

~ Paul – I’m XY, and I’m grateful for my wife in so many ways.

* Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain, New Study Says |

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4 Comments on “Attitude of Gratitude – TRY IT!

  1. When I learned to be thankful, it changed my life, my marriage, and my Christian walk. The Bible tells us to give thanks; it doesn’t tell us to be thankful. However, if one gives thanks, and keeps at it, he becomes thankful. Do it because God commands it; enjoy it because you will.

  2. Being grateful sure helps me, especially on days like today when I really should be in an ER rather than online. The money for that excursion not being there, I’ll use centered prayer for pain control instead.

    But yes, I am grateful for the roof over my head, for clean water, for enough to eat. Nothing except an internal malignancy will likely try to kill me today. I’m loved by my wife, friends, and dogs. There’s plenty here to keep me occupied mentally, as I can no longer work. With all that, how can a small thing like terminal illness be a huge green-eyed monster that blocks out the light?

    And it’s funny; the more gratitude I acknowledge, the more things I find for which to be grateful.
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    • Just said a prayer for you, Andrew. You are an inspiration.

  3. I have struggled with depression for years, and this has been a coping strategy I use on a near daily basis. I write down the things I’m grateful for that day, or the good and positive things that happened that day, even if they’re small things. That way I have something to set against the depression when it tells me that my day and my life are horrible. When my now-husband and I got engaged, I took this idea and turned it into something a bit different. Even before we married, I started writing a list of the things I loved about him, the times he did things that touched my heart, that meant a lot to me. The times he understood me in ways I’d have never expected, no matter how small those things were. I knew that as time went on, and I got annoyed or angry with him, I’d need this list to remind me of all the things I love, all his good traits, all the times he’s shown me sacrificial love. I’m glad I started that practice, because that list has been incredibly helpful when I’m tempted to think and feel negative things about my husband that are undeserved. I still work to maintain that list with current things, just like I still do my general gratitude list. Great depression coping skill, and great skill for helping my marriage, too.

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