For those of you that have been long time readers of this blog, I hope you remember the July 25, 2008 post on Writing With An Attitude of Gratitude. I wanted to continue that same idea for the entire month of November, since it is the month we try extra hard to remember that we are given so much and have so much to be grateful for all.

This year, I want to call it: My Many Blessings; a New Gratitude Journal.

Use this Journal to write about the things you’re grateful for. And if you can get a minute send someone a card to let them know you appreciate the little things they do for you. You’ll both get a blessing.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts
with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ~ Psalm 100:4

let the first thing you say brighten everyone’s day.

Happiness is contagious. Be a carrier. ~ ROBERT ORBEN

to feel sorry for yourself; just don’t let it last for more than five minutes.

What the mind dwells on, expands. ~ NORMAN VINCENT PEALE

Promise Yourself

Promise yourself to be so strong
that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends
feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best
and expect only the best.

To be enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger,
too strong for fear and too happy
to permit the presence of trouble.

~ Christian D Larson

Make it a positive one.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. ~ PHILIPPIANS 4:8

We all know the importance of keeping a positive attitude, especially at this time of the year. But some days it’s hard to find the energy to “crank it up.” Here are a few suggestions you might want to try when your attitude needs a little boost. You’ll be surprised at the big difference a little change can make.

  • Encourage and compliment someone who is not expecting it.
  • Say something positive as early as possible tomorrow morning.
  • Smile when you answer the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  • Improve your attitude by improving your posture.
  • Arrive five minutes early for appointments.
  • The next time you’re tempted to say, “It’ll never work,” say instead, “Who knows? It just might”

With that, brothers and sisters, I must say goodbye. Make sure that you improve. Accept my encouragement. Share the same attitude and live in peace. The God of love and peace will be with you. ~ 2 Corinthians 13:11 (God’s Word translation 1995)