The impact of adopting an “attitude of gratitude” can be profound. Shifting our perceptions from what’s wrong with our lives to what’s right is the first step toward creating a more positive world. This simple action can be amazingly transformational. Here are 5 powerful ways that tapping into our gratitude gets the ball of positive change rolling:
Offering of Gratitude - Bali 2010 - Photo: Jen Hellmann
Take time to smell the roses. When we’re aware of all the great things in our lives, we naturally enjoy our life more. Sometimes even the most mundane of actions like sipping a steaming, hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning can be one of our happiest indulgences if we’ll just take the time to truly enjoy it. Those simple pleasures are fuel in our tanks and help us to persevere when times get tough.
Recognize that contentment is contagious. When we’re aware of our current blessings, we naturally become kinder and more charitable to the people around us. Others are drawn to our newfound positivity and can’t help but feel the same way. Gratitude begins a domino effect that touches people exponentially and has the potential to grow into a powerful new wave of thinking.
Appreciate the good that is everywhere. The world is full of wonderful things if we’ll just choose to see them. People dream, flowers bloom and our pets adore us. And when all else fails, just remember that as long as hot fudge exists, things really can’t be all that bad.
Work toward a better future. Practicing gratitude also serves the purpose of keeping us focused on what is, instead of what could have been. Although we must have a vision of what we’d like to achieve down the line, the power moment is this one. Now is the time to begin working toward a better future. Goals are fine, but what can you do today to get one step closer to your vision?
Reflect on accomplishments. Since we came into the world with nothing, focusing on what’s right in our lives reminds us to reflect on what we’ve already achieved. These are our hard-earned treasures. Acknowledging them shows that we already have a proven pattern of accomplishment and now know from experience that with the right plan, we can effect positive change.
In a world of six billion people, how can one individual make a difference and begin to create a better world? By simply being grateful for what already is. Just think what each of us can accomplish if we’re appreciating what we have, indulging in the moment, working toward a better future and uplifting others along the way. I can’t think of a better plan for making a “positive impact” than that.
There is tremendous power and positive energy in giving – it is a shame that not enough people have experienced it to the fullest. Pay It Forward Day is about all people, from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference. At last count there were more than 38 countries around the world participating in the day.
So why Pay it Forward?
To encourage all of us to embrace the incredible power of giving.
To show each other that we care and that there is love, hope and magic all around us.
To know that we may be only one person in this world, but to one person, at one time, we are the world.
Make a difference and experience the true power of giving. Thank you for your support. Together we can change the world – one good deed at a time!
In 2011, participants paid it forward in 35 countries with 7 state & 15 city proclamations. Click here to check out some Pay It Forward Day 2011 activities that were conducted las year.
For this year’s international Pay it Forward Day (PIFD) we are aiming to inspire over 3 million acts of kindness around the world. Imagine the difference that would make! We already have people involved from over 49 countries.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Pay for someone’s cup of coffee
Get the next person’s food, toll, petrol, etc.
Help someone out in need
Be creative!!! Click here for more ideas.
Countries Involved (Year began involvement)
Let us know if we have missed your country by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
United States of America (USA)
Costa Rica (2011)
El Salvador (2011)
Czech Republic (2012)*
Hungary (2012)*- Facebook
Philippines (2012)* – Website
Vietnam (2012)* – Website
Proclamations – USA States (Year began involvement)
Proclamations – Canada Provinces & Territories (Year began involvement)
British Columbia (2012)
Newfoundland & Labrador (2012)
Proclamations – Cities (Year began involvement)
Brevard County, Florida, USA (2010)
Cocoa, Florida, USA (2010)
Corpus Christie, Texas, USA (2012)
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA (2010)
Denver, Colorado, USA (2011)
Elkhart, Indiana, USA (2010)
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (2011)
Henderson, Nevada, USA (2009)
Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA (2011) – view
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (2009)
Milwaukie, Oregon, USA (2012) – view / video
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada (2012)
Oregon, Ohio, USA (2011)
Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA (2011)
Perrysburg, Ohio, USA (2010)
Pickering, Ontario, Canada (2012) – view
Reno, Nevada, USA (2010)
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (2009)
San Diego, California, USA (2009)
Westminster, Colorado, USA (2010)
Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada (2010)
So many people go searching for their true love in nightclubs, singles clubs, through online dating sites and among friends of friends. The truth is, finding true love starts right in your own home – or, more accurately, in your own heart.
Before you can find true love in a relationship, you must find it within yourself.
Here are three simple ways to attain true love for you, yourself, and your life as a whole. You’ll be amazed at how quickly romantic love will follow.
• Be thankful for everything (including your mistakes). Learn to be thankful for the good things in your life. That will help you appreciate all the small things and give you a happier, positive outlook (which, by the way, is very attractive.) Be thankful for your mistakes, too. Everything in your life, both the triumphs and the stumbles, shape us as people. Mistakes are valuable learning experiences and, when viewed as such and appreciated, regrets and bitterness of yesterday will fade away. Peace and love will enter in to your life immediately!
• Forgive others so that you can forgive yourself. Forgiving is as much for you as it is for the person who did you wrong. For starters, when you can forgive others, you can forgive yourself. Some of us are harder on ourselves than anyone else would ever be. We need to be as forgiving of our own faults and misdeeds as we are other people’s. Holding onto anger and resentment, whether it’s directed at someone else or ourselves, robs us of opportunities for joy. Truly
forgive whoever’s hurt you – you don’t have to like them! – and fully experience happiness.
• Find enjoyment and satisfaction in every day. Strive to find the happiness in your average, workaday life. For most of us, a typical Friday will be a much happier day than a typical Monday, but live each average Monday to its fullest as you would live each fun Friday to the fullest! If you strive to live in love each day, then you will have no regrets. There are many more average days than holidays and vacations – don’t waste them! Find satisfaction in your work, enjoy the process of doing a good job and learning new skills, and every day will be an abundance of joy.
In my book, The Good News: How Revealing Delusions In Christianity Will Bring Peace To All (www.thegoodnewsbook.com), I lay out the numerous biblical instructions to love, forgive and be grateful. If we each apply these simple teachings to our own lives, no matter what our religion, we’ll create a happier world.
To both the people with a special someone and those without – be thankful. Love and happiness come from within, not from another person. We all have something to celebrate, not only at Valentine’s Day but all year long.
About Shay Dawkins
Shay Dawkins is a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, businessman who grew up in Baptist and Pentecostal churches. His observances about how Christianity can be divisive despite being based on one book led to his analysis of the Bible. Check out his YouTube video, “Why It Should Be About Love, Not Religion.”
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Work toward a better future. Practicing gratitude also serves the purpose of keeping us focused on what is, instead of what could have been. Although we must have a vision of what we’d like to achieve down the line, the power moment is this one. Read more >