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Rules of Happiness #2–Be Grateful – January 7 Devotions

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Welcome to the mini-series highlighting the Rules of Happiness, based on the book by entrepreneur and self-development leader, Karl Moore. Yesterday we learned about Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself. These simple rules yield valuable truths and life-changing power IF we take action on them.

 

Please note these links go to Moore’s book on Amazon, but are NOT affiliate links. I just thought I would provide the links for anyone who is interested.

 

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So today we will move on to…

Rule #2 –  Be Grateful

 

“Think of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for right now. It could be your family. Or your health. Maybe your home. Your friends. Your brain. Your heart. Your spirit.

 

We’ve all got amazing things in our own lives that make us smile with joy. And if we can count these blessings every day, we’ll discover a greater appreciation of the beautiful world we surround ourselves with.”

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life

is thank you,

it will be enough.”

– Meister Eckhardt

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My reflections:

I have noticed a difference in my overall attitude toward life ever since I began my nearly daily posting of an “Attitude of Gratitude” on Facebook. It definitely helps to focus on the positive by counting your blessings!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you find it easy or difficult to practice an attitude of gratitude and count your blessings on a regular basis?

24 Comments

  1. Carol Graham

    Basically, it is a lifestyle, isn’t it? It is difficult to be around people who play the martyr card.

    07 . Jan . 2016
  2. Danni Ackerman

    Why is it so hard to get out of the woe is me mode sometimes? Being grateful is a muscle I am learning to exercise as well!

    07 . Jan . 2016
  3. tara pittman

    We need to find things to be grateful for even during the bad times. My son wreck our car but I am grateful he was ok and that we have insurance.

    07 . Jan . 2016
  4. Elizabeth O.

    Thinking about all the blessings that you have in your life definitely lifts your mood instantly! I love how good it makes you feel.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  5. Lexie Lane

    Being grateful is happiness, it’s so nice to think all about your blessings.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  6. Nicole Escat

    Sometimes it is hard, I agree with you counting blessings on a regular basis is greater appreciation.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  7. Ana De- Jesus

    It can be difficult showing gratitude but it is an important part of growing up and being an adult.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  8. Terri Beavers

    Sometimes I forget to be grateful for what I have or for what others do but most of the time I’m reminded that I’m blessed and I do give thanks.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  9. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I try to count my blessings every day! I am very lucky 🙂

    08 . Jan . 2016
  10. Alana

    Feeling grateful is a survival and coping skill – simple as that. I am surprised at the gratitude seriously ill people in my life, as one example, have shown – it is amazing to see. Just waking up is something to be grateful for.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  11. Victoria

    Feeling grateful is something that I do work on a daily basis. Knowing how blessed I am to have such a beautiful family, home, and especially supportive husband is the world!

    08 . Jan . 2016
  12. Claudette

    Thank you for this timely reminder! 🙂

    08 . Jan . 2016
  13. Mardene Carr

    Being grateful is something that most people do not even consider. No matter what some persons have they are never grateful….

    08 . Jan . 2016
  14. Heather

    I feel like I have so I much to be grateful for. Things in my early life were out of my control, but know God is in control helps me to feel at peace about things even if they don’t go the way I had hoped. Gratitude helps keep your emotions in check.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  15. michelle

    i make an effort to be thankful as much as possible. in my church growing up we sang this song where one of the lyrics is “every blessing you pour out i’ll turn back to praise” i try to constantly be grateful

    08 . Jan . 2016
  16. Lori Bosworth

    I am trying to be conscious of expressing gratitude each day since I know how powerful it is.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  17. Tandy Elisala

    “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life

    is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhardt
    I absolutely love this! I am running a gratitude challenge at the end of January and would love to have you join us:-) I absolutely believe having a gratitude mindset has the power to transform our lives.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  18. Shaylee @ Data Nerds

    Being grateful is a wonderful thing. I think it can really turn your life around when you’re feeling down and is a great thing to practice every day 🙂

    08 . Jan . 2016
  19. MyTeenGuide

    Being grateful is a trait not many people do. It makes life lighter when you are grateful.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  20. Chanelle

    Gratitude is a daily practice for me. As an eternal optimist I believe there is always something to be grateful for.

    09 . Jan . 2016
  21. Peter Reginald

    I love this post. Sometimes when the going gets tough it is a challenge to be grateful but when I push through it I do feel better and grateful for the experience.

    09 . Jan . 2016
  22. Angie Scheie

    I strive to practice gratitude daily. I find it easy to do, but I also find that I have to repeatedly practice it, sometimes within the same day if I feel my attitude souring!

    10 . Jan . 2016
  23. Alison

    These are amazing rules to live by and I think sometimes we just forget.

    10 . Jan . 2016
  24. Rebecca Swenor

    This is a great post and I do believe we should all count our blessing each day. It is so important for us all never to take things or people for granted. In the past 4 months my whole family has indeed learned this lesson of life because of almost loosing my mother so many times. Thinking positive and knowing we are blessed each day has made everything so much easier for us all. Thanks for a great post.

    10 . Jan . 2016

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