Have you ever thought about the fact that choosing to be grateful is a conscious decision? In fact, it is a conscious decision that must be followed by action in order to reap the benefits of a joyful life. Research shows that people who practice gratitude in their daily lives have stronger personal relationships, and better health outcomes, than those who are constantly complaining.
How joyful are you, really? Is the smile on your face a facade for the world, while you are really unhappy and miserable inside? Are you always the “life of the party,” while underneath you are seething with anger? There are other examples that may describe your personal situation, but the point is, are you experiencing real joy in your life?
Do you want to experience REAL joy on a daily basis? And for those of you who might say that none of the examples above apply to you; do you want to have more joy than you are experiencing now? I have a challenge for us all!
Starting today, I challenge each of us to keep a gratitude journal. I encourage you to write down at least five things daily that you are grateful for. For those of you who belong to online social networks, I encourage you to share at least one thing you are grateful for on a daily basis with your family, friends and followers. Gratefulness, thankfulness and joyfulness are contagious!
Please inspire others by sharing what you are grateful for. Come back often to inspire and be inspired!