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The Attitude of Gratitude – Choose Your Words

March 25, 2011

Great post from Ann Morisy the other day on Stewardship’s 40 Acts series. Sign up on their site for more of the same for the rest of Lent:

Saying thank you easily gets dismissed as an old fashioned and insignificant courtesy. But this is a big mistake. The practice of gratitude is like grammar; it gives an underlying structure that helps us construct and make sense of our lives. More than this, it is what God wants from us: Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus (1Thess 5:16-18).

Start practicing gratitude now – because it’s the only sure fire way of feeling rich! Researchers also show that it is also an essential ingredient for having a good experience of old age. Ungrateful talk tends to focus on deprivation, entitlement, regrets, lack, need, scarcity and loss. In contrast, grateful talk uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, precious, grace, abundance.

The three steps of gratitude are:

1) acknowledgement of goodness in one’s life

2) recognising the source of this goodness and…

3) directing thanks outward

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 25, 2011 3:47 pm

    Another good post, Thanks, Mark,

    You might like to read another “Attitude of Gratitude” article on my own site: in the Stories section. Quite a story….

    Best regards,


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