“There’s NO happier person than a truly, thankful, content person.” Joyce Meyers

We are entering a season that calls for us to be THANKFUL, however, for some, this season evokes anything but a sense of thankfulness.  People everywhere are experiencing some sort of crisis or storm that they’ve either been through, coming out of or are currently in. Be it unemployment, divorce, a relationSHIP ending, homelessness, death of a loved one, a health scare, money problems, whatever the crisis may be, we are ALL going through something. So, how are we supposed to be thankful when things aren’t going well? How can we embody gratitude, joy, and peace when we feel like we don’t have anything to be thankful for?  How can we count our blessings when we don’t feel blessed?

Gratitude and thankfulness are NOT based on our circumstances. Yet, most people believe that we need positive things to happen in our lives before we can feel grateful or thankful and that’s simply not true.  It’s a misnomer to think that we should only be thankful when life appears to be going well; when we are happy and things are going good. When in reality, we should experience the feeling of gratitude without needing a special reason to be thankful. True gratitude and thankfulness are not based on things happening to change our lives or our circumstances, it’s about being thankful regardless of those circumstances. But how? How can we be thankful in the midst of a storm? You start by counting your blessings.

Thankfulness is a “mindset,” where we give ourselves permission to feel thankful. But first, we must rewire our minds to purposefully seek out reasons to be thankful. Then we simply allow ourselves “to feel thankful.” Being thankful is intentional. It’s a “conscious” way of life that unlocks the doors to our happiness, health, and prosperity. Countless research studies have proven that people who live with an attitude of gratitude experience increased productivity and live happier lives.

So as we enter this season of thankfulness, reflect on all of the things that you have to be thankful for. We all have a multitude of reasons to be thankful. But if you can’t think of any, start counting your obvious blessings-breathing, walking, talking, etc. and build from there. Don’t focus on lack or circumstances. Focus on being thankful on purpose because being thankful and showing gratitude will unleash a power that CAN change your circumstances. So remember that no matter what’s going on in your life-good or bad, life will ALWAYS afford you plenty of opportunities to COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!!!!!!!   

Wishing you and your family a NAPPY Thanksgiving   

SHIP TALK: What are you thankful for? Is it difficult for you to be thankful in the midst of a storm? Do you count your blessings?

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