Gratitude is an Attitude

  How does  this sound to you? Have you integrated gratitude into your life? I don’t mean that you  say thanks if somebody gives you a gift. That is a conditional gratitude  although certainly heartfelt in that moment. However, there is a way that means to include gratitude into your daily life, to live by gratitude. I will explain immediately what I mean by that. You can live your life by default.  You get up, have breakfast, go to work, meet friends or family, eat again,  go to sleep and that’s it. You may even love your life without ever thinking of gratitude, without ever thinking that life itself is a gift. But such a life is empty. You can add some pleasant moments, do things you like, or do things you even love or you are passionate about. That gives color to your life. However, this is still not the life I am talking about. Gratitude as I intend it, is a state of mind, it is something that accompanies you everywhere, in every step you take, in every word you say, in every bite you eat,  in every breath you take. Yes, because think of this: every bite you eat has a story behind. Take a salad. Where did it grow, who took care of it? Who cut it and washed it? Who wrapped it up? Who took it to the shop? Who sold it to you?  All the people behind a salad do their work, and first of all, nature gifts the seed and  grows the salad, to start with. You may say that this all...

Food for Anxiety

Who wants to be joyous?  Who wants to be anxious? I guess you already know the answer. Who does not want to be joyous? Nobody. But most people don’t think about joyous as being a way of life. Joy is often thought of as being a result of material wealth. It definitely is not. Joy is an inner state of being. Do anxious people feel joyous? They might, of course, but it is not a permanent state. Anxiety is not linked to joy. Anxious thoughts exclude joy. So my question is: what do you do in order to feel joy? Joy of life is certainly the most desirable feeling. It comes from the heart. Everybody is able to achieve it. It takes a bit of discipline and willpower. Joy is also food for anxiety. It gives the mind and the spirit what physical nutrition gives to your body. Joy grows on the basis of a positive way of thinking. And a positive way of thinking is how we speak and  how we act. What can we do to change our way to a  positive one of thinking,  speaking, and acting ? By observing our words. Certain words are better avoided. Words like unfortunately, unlucky, and all the other “un”‘s  as well as all words that are negative like “bad, dreadful, awful and so on,  are not wanted in the  positive way of living  because they express fear or anxiety. Whenever you say such a word, you should get aware of it and then avoid saying it again. By doing this  exercise daily, you get used to expressing yourself in...

The Service

The other day I read a book that really impressed me. It was about the Joy of Service. The author tells his own story. He used to work very hard but did not like his job. He only wanted to impress his father. He worked so hard that he completely forgot about his social life and his family until one day he woke up to life, to say so, while he crashed into his garage door. Actually, he got aware of his life purpose after the second crash into his garage door. He then understood that, if he just worked for the pleasure of others, he did not really live. He was surviving and his life lacked a very important ingredient: joy. I hope that you live your life with joy, that you understand that, whatever you do, is important. Every job adds to the good life of somebody and not only to your own life. That means, if you love your job, whatever it is, your life is richer and more fulfilling. Joy is also a better choice than anxiety. You can add joy to your life with every breath you take. Just be thankful that you can breathe and that you have eyes to see the beauty around you. Gratitude transforms itself into joy. Give it a try. You will be happy about the changes you can see in your...
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