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Blessing counting leads to gratitude which leads to peace, contentment, and happiness . . . not from having what you want, but from wanting what you have.
Practical To Dos to Improve Your Attitude – Part 2
Make sure to scroll down and read part one of this post. You will find the first of this list of practical things to do each day to make intentional gratitude a habit.
Today, we’ll add a few more things which will improve your emotional well-being as well as your attitude:
1. Be Kind to Yourself - Why is it easier to be kind to strangers and those we rarely see than it is to be gentle with those who live with us and hardest of all to be kind to ourselves.
I would NOT be happy if someone else said the things I’m willing to say to myself.
I am God’s creation.
You are God’s creation.
We were made deliberately by God’s plan to be used for His purposes. It’s time for us . . . to let Him shape and mold us as He wants and to thank Him for His loving patience.
It’s time for us to give ourselves the same love and patience. Not excuses. Not settling. But repentance, forgiveness, kindness, and patience.
2. Do Nice Things and Say Nice Things - When we become kinder and more patient with ourselves it shows. We naturally become kinder and gentler with other people.
Andy Stanley suggests we remind ourselves that . . . “every person you meet is someone for whom Christ died.” ~Andy Stanley
Everyone precious in His sight. Everyone worthy of our kindness.
Do nice things just because. Not so they’ll be nice to you and not so they will be pass kindness on to someone else, although either may happen. Try to be kind without ulterior motives. It’s not easy, but it’s worth how great it will make you feel.
3. Go Easy on Those Who are Less than Kind – Try to remember that everyone is going through some kind of battle. Life is hard, and the less we personalize someone’s lack of kindness the better we feel. When we extend patience to those who are impatient, rude, or uncaring we are showing them God’s love and forgiveness.
There is another important part of this . . . LET IT GO! If you can’t. If you’re going to stuff it or chew on it, then take the time to talk with them.
I’m not suggesting we become doormats. Just that we would take time to think about the person, what may be causing them pain, and treat everyone with gentleness and respect.
4. Spend Time with Other Grateful People – Attitudes are contagious. We tend to model people with whom we spend the most time. If you want to improve your attitude surround yourself with people who have great attitudes.
American entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn is quotes as saying:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Grateful people are happier, healthier, and have better relationships.
I want to spend more time with grateful people.
I want to be more grateful.
I want to be the kind of person with whom someone wants to spend time.
I want an improved attitude.
I want to live with intentional gratitude.