Thoughts On Gratitude

Me winning a BJJ match. My gratitude for practicing BJJ bearing fruit.

Gratitude must be shown through action.

Gratitude is a highly spoken about topic. An aspect of gratitude I think some people froget about is that gratitude is something you show through action. You are what you DO, not what you SAY. If you only say you are grateful, but don’t do anything to show gratitude, I believe you are missing out on a big part of what gratitude is.

Everyone is grateful for their lives, their health, and their things, but what are they doing to show their gratitude?

Gratitude is action, so if you are grateful for your life what are you doing to show it? Are you living each day to the fullest? Or are you stuck at a job you hate? Are you doing the things you love to do? Or are you wasting your life away by doing things that leave you unfulfilled? Are you doing things to extend your life that you are grateful for?

If you are grateful for your health, what are you doing to show it? Are you exercising, eating right, and treating your body like the most high-tech vessel this world has ever seen? Or are you skipping all of the aforementioned activities because you don’t have time for them and enjoy eating fast food too much?

If you truly are grateful for your health and life, you would do things to show it. You would take care of your health by eating right and you would exercise to extend the life you are grateful for.

Next time you say you are grateful for something, ask yourself, “What am I doing to show gratitude?”

Use gratitude to find positivity in every situation.

Gratitude is one of the best tools we can use to flip the aspect of any situation. Any time you are in a situation that you find negative, difficult, or truly tests you, use gratitude to FIND something in that situation to be grateful for.

Look for that reason no matter how hard it might be. It won’t be easy, and it won’t change the reality of the situation, but it will change your mindset of the situation which is just as powerful.

When you find that reason, you will no longer see the situation as a hindrance, but rather as something good for you.

True gratitude will bear fruit.

If someone is truly grateful for something, you will be able to tell.

Since gratitude is action, you must be doing something towards that for which you are grateful. When you do this, eventually things in that area will develop or grow in some way.

What I mean by this is if you are grateful for your health, you will do things to show gratitude and you will see yourself become very healthy. If you are grateful for the ability to run, you might show your gratitude by running every day, eventually, you will become a great runner. If you are grateful for your spouse, you will do things to show that gratitude and develop a great relationship. If you are grateful for your dogs, you will feed them the healthiest food and walk them, and you will therefore have healthy dogs.

The list goes on and on, but the point is simple, whatever you are grateful for, the fruits of your labor will bear fruit.

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