My mentor once suggested that I write a daily gratitude list with three completely unique items each day in order to improve my rather cynical, judgmental, and cranky attitude.
It worked. After more than 1,000 consecutive days of submitting a daily gratitude list via email to my mentor, I noticed my focus began shifting from problems to solutions. I spent less time feeling sorry for myself and more time giving thanks for blessings, saying prayers for others in need, and finding ways to serve and help. Gratitude became a way of life, not just a list. By taking an outside-in approach, I evolved into a human being I liked.
I created the Facebook Page “GratitudeCup” to prompt myself and others to share their blessings with others. I drink coffee every single morning. I usually drink multiple cups of coffee. Many of us do. Why not ensure we fuel ourselves with gratitude, too? Reflecting on blessings, ways God has moved in our lives, and then paying that forward will only bring about positive changes in our lives and the lives of others.
I created this blog shortly after to serve as a supplement to the Facebook Page in order to inspire others who desperately desire to focus on the great things in life–the things we have to be grateful for–and to give thanks to God and to those who give us good things. I often feature guest writers in addition to writing my own posts. Maintaining this blog helps me practice gratitude in my own life.
I hope following my blog helps you incorporate gratitude into your life, too. Go fill your own cup.