“The Sales Moment; Issue #204″
Stop and think for a moment how that person makes you feel. They probably have a big smile and are genuinely happy.
How did they come to possess such optimism? Were they born that way or do they just not live in the reality of how bad things really are?
Being grateful is a matter of a person’s perspective and yes, it is a choice.
“Whatever you focus upon, increases……When you focus on the things you need, you’ll find those needs increasing……A grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person’s life.” ~ Andy Andrews
I am sure you know someone who constantly focuses on their problems and don’t mind sharing them. In most cases, you can predict how the conversation will go long before you see them. Not to say that their problems are not real but have you noticed that their misery tends to breed more misery?
A blog by Michael Hyatt entitled The Grateful Advantage cites four benefits of being grateful.
- Gratitude reduces our stress.
- Gratitude inoculates us from negative emotions.
- Gratitude sustains our relationships.
- Gratitude improves our health.
So, it appears that a grateful heart not only helps in our relationships but it also improves our personal well being. These are some great reasons to be thankful everyday.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24
Grateful people are humble, content and encouraging. These are things that you can practice and develop. It is a matter of perspective. What will you choose?
Have a great week!