Gratitude makes us smile both with our face and from our heart. Even for little things — feeling grateful for the next breath or for the next step. These things make us feel well; they open our heart and make us feel happy. Gratitude also lifts us out of our downward spiral wallowing in our own stuff. It focuses our attention toward the positive, grounding us in the present. Feeling grateful nourishes our soul and recharges our batteries. Starting and finishing our day with gratitude makes the sun shine, even on a rainy day, throughout the day. Smiles appear naturally, not only on our face but also on those around us. It is infectious.
Now that we have at least considered practicing forgiveness, practicing gratitude enhances our happiness even further. Both practices rely on mindfulness, to know when we are not practicing, and to remind ourselves what specifically to […]
Several posts ago I wrote about forgiveness. Forgiveness and gratitude share the same spectrum regarding outlook or attitude. Forgiveness opens the heart by dissolving scars of hurt that made us tight and irritable. With a […]
Opening the heart leads to love and compassion. Giving opens the heart. We can give love, dharma teachings, nonjudgmental listening, emotional support, food, medicines, shelter, or money. Tolerance opens our heart. It counters anger, which […]