Gratitude & A Positive Attitude

A grateful attitude allows us to change our perspective and can help us find joy and purpose in life. Gratitude opens our heart to love and helps us to share it with others. as we choose positive thoughts and perspectives we will banish selfishness, darkness and despair in our lives.

When it Rains
We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?

Being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we are pleased with our circumstances. It does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges.

 

Dieter F. Utchdorf

A Drink of Healing
But those who set aside the bottle of bitterness and lift instead the goblet of gratitude can find a purifying drink of healing, peace, and understanding.

 

Dieter F Utchdorf

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Jess Berry tells how grateful she is for her supportive family and friends as she lives an active life and endures living with cerebral palsy.  We have the power to use our agency to make our lives forces for good.  Sometimes that means that we need to open up and let others help us, or perhaps we need share our experiences in order to help strengthen others.  No matter what situation we are in, we can choose to turn outward, and in so doing we can turn to Him in faith and gratitude for the blessing we do have in our lives.

What do I have to be grateful for when my world is falling apart?

Perhaps focusing on what we are grateful for is the wrong approach. It is difficult to develop a spirit of gratitude if our thankfulness is only proportional to the number of blessings we can count. True, it is important to frequently “count our blessings”—and anyone who has tried this knows there are many—but I don’t believe the Lord expects us to be less thankful in times of trial than in times of abundance and ease. In fact, most of the scriptural references do not speak of gratitude for things but rather suggest an overall spirit or attitude of gratitude.

It is easy to be grateful for things when life seems to be going our way. But what then of those times when what we wish for seems to be far out of reach?

Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.

Dieter F. Utchdorf

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Testimonials

Jodi

I have learned to truly be grateful for the simplest of things.

Now, more than ever, I know how short life can be. And having felt the deep sadness and grief that accompanies losing a loved one, I’ve discovered that my heart can find joy in small moments and simple delights

Jodi

Question & Answer

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