We live in an area with beauty all around us. In just a few minutes from home, we can walk in the woods, bike in a park, or go swimming at a nearby pool for little or no cost.

In one to two hours drive time, we can hike or windsurf in the gorge, hang out on the river, dip our toes in the sand at the coast, or ski in the mountains! 

In the book, Attitudes of Gratitude, M. J. Ryan teaches readers how to unlock the fullness of their hearts and lives through the expression of gratitude.

“Gratitude helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness,” she writes, “where we notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong. It makes us feel complete, that we have everything we need, at least in this moment.”

The concept the Attitutes of Grattitude is very simple and very profound: “Gratitude creates happiness.”

From page 46 in the book: “Gratitude brings you back to the present moment, to all that is working perfectly right now. Tomorrow may bring difficulties, but for right now, things are pretty good.

Gratefulness also eliminates worry because it reminds us of the abundance of our universe.

Yes, anthing bad might happen, given all that you have received so far, chances are you will continue to be supported on your journey through life, even in ways you would never have chessed or chosen for yourself.

How can you shift your attitudes into including what you are grateful for? Here are some ideas to begin:

1. Start a gratitude journal and write in daily either in the morning or night. You can write one line or a paragraph a day. Some people even set a timer and write as many things as they can in 10 minutes. 

2. Write a thank you note and send it to someone. You can send it in the mail, take a moment to write a text message, or pick up the phone and call. A simple hello with a heart-felt message goes a long way especially today.

3. Make a social media post about something you are grateful for. Often others will read it and be inspired to write a comment or share an idea they may have as well.

What ideas do you have? Share here!