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BravoFilipino | Teodoro Jaen Jr., Correspondent | The Liberating Effect of Being Grateful |  Do you find your life seems to be a constant whirl of activity where you don’t have time to sit for a minute and just contemplate the good things you have in your world? Society today seems to have created a cycle for most of us that necessitate a constant rush from activity to activity with little or no time to be still and appreciate the good things in our lives.

Many of us need to stop and take stock of what we have, rather than what we don’t have, in order to stop this endless cycle that will eventually burn out or some other physical reaction. The power of optimism can be unlocked in our lives when we realize the importance of cultivating an attitude of gratitude toward the blessings we already possess rather than fixating on those we do not.

The quality of being grateful is one that can take you far in life. When we take the time to be thankful for the blessings in our lives, we are less likely to take those blessings for granted. A quote attributed to Cicero states that “gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but it is the parent of them.” The mentality that one can never have enough and that one should never feel grateful is such a toxic mentality that other people do not want to be around it. However, the opposite is true for a person who exudes gratitude: they attract more positive energy. They typically find themselves surrounded by more reasons to be grateful and also attract more reasons to be grateful.

This perspective permeates every aspect of their life and serves as the motivation that propels them to carry out the activities that have been planned for the day. People who are able to cultivate an attitude of genuine gratitude for what they already possess feel less pressure to pursue new experiences and acquire new possessions. They feel genuine appreciation for others’ efforts and contributions and have energy left over to reach out to others from the perspective of being appreciative for what they themselves already have.

People like this aren’t hard to come by. History has recorded many famous names of people who have learned this important life lesson. We can transform the way we approach our life by developing these characteristics. Writing down each day at least three things to be grateful for, is a great way to cultivate this attitude, and taking time during the day to express our gratitude to friends, family, God or the world, is a great way to learn to live in an attitude of gratitude even when we are faced with a hectic schedule.

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