Quote From Grateful:
“The practice of gratitude comes down to attentiveness and awareness. All around us,
every day, there are gifts. No matter our challenges or feelings. There are gifts. Mostly
unnoticed, unappreciated, and often disregarded. But if we cultivate our awareness of
those gifts, thankfulness becomes habitual. As a habit, gratitude becomes a steadying
companion, a daily–perhaps even hourly–disposition of appreciation.”
Habits are simply regular acts that we do without much thought. Habits are triggered by
cues. We automatically do things as a result of a sound (a phone buzzing or a particular
song playing), a smell (coffee brewing in the morning), or sight (seeing a certain item,
scene, or person). Two cues help me with a gratitude habit: keeping a small prayer book
by my bed and visiting a website (gratefulness.org) each day. Even if I do not open the
prayer book, seeing it reminds me to be thankful. Sitting at my desk as I begin work
cues me to go to the website and read their daily posts. These two cues–seeing the book
bedside and sitting at my desk–have helped me toward a habit of noticing gifts and
Do you find yourself actively feeling gratitude throughout the day?
Identify your gratitude cue, ideally something in your world that you see, smell, hear,
or touch first thing in the morning. The cue could be a token—like a small rock or a
picture—by your bedside. Or, set a morning gratitude reminder on your phone. The cue
could also be something you already do–like walking the dog or driving past a park on
your commute. When cued, remember what you are thankful for. A cue and this modest
routine can help integrate a habit of gratitude into your life.
- What are you grateful for right now?
Jot your cue in a small notebook or on your cell phone. Review the cue, frequently, and
make sure that whenever you see it, you remember gratitude. Keep going with the cue
and let “thank-you” grow into a natural habit.
Thank you for these days to consider gratitude, for new insights, and for hope. May I not
only feel grateful or occasionally act gratefully, but may I become a truly grateful person.