Are You Taking Things for Granted? By Jim Johnson

Taking things for granted is a common occurrence, but we must appreciate what we have instead of stress about what we want.  A few weeks ago, we had a bad windstorm here in Rochester, NY and lost power for a few days.  While it was not a pleasant experience, it was certainly a humbling one.  It got me thinking about life and how we must appreciate what we have in our lives.

Here are 5 Tips to help you develop more gratitude for what you have.  Enjoy.

1. Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for everything.  Appreciate the good things and learn from the bad things.

2. Start a journal. I like to keep a gratitude journal.  This way, I can look back and read about good things that have happened in my life.  It helps with me reflect on the good things in my life.  What are you thankful for?  Write about it!

3. Make a Gratitude folder. I have a folder that I put nice notes, events, and mementos in to remember good times or experiences I have had.  This helps touch my heart when I am feeling down.

4. Remember to share your love. Showing appreciation for others in your life will go a long way in keeping you humbled and happy.  Say “thank you” and “I love you” to those who deserve it.  Who do you appreciate?

5. Praise others. When they deserve to be thanked or praised, do so.  Life achievements (new job, birthday, promotion, etc.) are a great opportunity for you to reach out and congratulate someone.  Who is the last person you have praised?

jim-johnson-lo-res-suit-with-basketball-2About the author: Coach Jim JOHNSON is one of Your Monthly Mentors, an author and authority on teamwork, leadership, and realizing your dreams. Based in Rochester, New York, he is most famously known for helping an autistic senior, Jason McElwain (J-Mac), realize his dreams and play with his basketball team. Jason scored an amazing 20 points in 4 minutes during that game. Coach Jim Johnson has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and ESPN and is the author of the book “A Coach and a Miracle: Life Lessons From a Man Who Believed in an Autistic Boy”. Read More… 

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