By Eliana Barriga
Publisher and Managing Editor for The Retail Observer
With Thanksgiving soon to be on our doorstep, we pause to consider all we have to be grateful for – there is real power in a thankful heart. We really can’t be thankful without feeling grateful. Genuine gratitude changes us; how we look at life. It changes our attitude.
We are often exposed to a barrage of negativity as we deal with resentments, ingratitude, entitlement, health issues, loss, etc. Gratitude is an awesome tool, an ally to battle these internal/external threats that rob us of our joy. People who live in a negative state rob themselves of a most powerful experience of heartfelt praise and appreciation in their life. Amazing how gratitude eliminates the negativity.
Giving value to others fosters appreciation, which in turn becomes the trans- formative energy of gratitude that changes us on a deep level. Practicing gratitude can be a positive way to find inner peace and contentment. By choosing to be thankful for the wonderful things and people in our daily lives we become healthier and happier. It is a mindful act so simple, yet it brings a lasting happiness and an inner joy to those committed to living the good life.
Think about the people in your life who are loving and kind to you. Who has your back by looking out for you? Who has sacrificed in order to make your life better? Do the people closest to you have your best interest at heart? At the end of the day, we all have those people in our lives who add to our happiness. We should never take for granted what another does, gives and sacrifices in order for us to flourish and to be the best version of ourselves. It takes a team in life to come out a winner in the end.
Living gratefully has its rewards! Give the gift of joy that comes from loving and helping others. That’s the power of gratitude. So, take thanks beyond your Thanksgiving table this year and show your gratitude by doing something selfless today.