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UPLIFTING MESSAGES

15 Simple Ways To Be More Grateful In Life

Gratitude is a gateway drug...to happiness. Heres how to score some.
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<div><div><b>1. Acknowledge good things out loud, right when they happen</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0918_eifeb.jpg" width="640" height="588"></div><div>StumbleUpon</div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://econest.blogspot.com/2012/11/try-this-life-trick-complain-less-be.html" title="Source: econest.blogspot.com" target="_blank">econest.blogspot.com</a></div><div><br></div><div>Nip pessimism in the bud.</div><div><br></div><div><b>2. Fake a smile</b></div><div><div class="gifbox"><span class="gifImg" onclick="gifsrc('5co1ea34_gif')"><a class="" gif-thumb="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_091983aea_sm.gif" id="5co1ea34_gif_a"></a><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_091983aea_sm.gif" gif-src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_091983aea.gif" border="0" style="max-width:630px;" id="5co1ea34_gif"></span></div></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://almondmichael.tumblr.com/post/68166294124" title="AlmondMichael" target="_blank">almondmichael.tumblr.com</a></div><div>Smilingâwhether it's a real smile or a fake oneâcan boost your mood. The brain senses the flexion of your smile muscles and interprets it as âI must be happy about something!â</div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201207/smile-powerful-tool" title="PsychologyToday" target="_blank">psychologytoday.com</a></div><div><br></div><div><b>3. Take the 100 Days of Happiness Challenge (100happydays.com)</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0920_aehfa.jpg" width="640" height="384"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://instagram.com/p/qa0x-2PyYQ/?modal=true" title="AlishaBrunton" target="_blank" class="">alishabrunton</a></div><div>Snap a photo of something that makes you happy and share it with the hashtag #100happydays. Way better than a selfie.</div><div><br></div><div><b>4. Start a 'good stuff' jar</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0921_dacdh.jpg" width="640" height="426"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://thecreativepatch.blogspot.com/2011/11/bottled-blessings.html" title="Thecreativepatch.blogspot.com" target="_blank">thecreativepatch.blogspot.com</a></div><div>When good stuff happens, write it down and save in a jar. At the end of the year, celebrate the good times by reading each note aloud.</div><div><br></div><div><b>5. Start a gratitude journal and add 5 things to it before you go to bed</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0922_ehgdb.jpg" width="640" height="359"></div><div>Source:<a href="http://fabafter40.tumblr.com/post/68231270609/3-ways-to-cultivate-an-attitude-of-gratitude" title="fabafter40.tumblr.com" target="_blank">&nbsp;fabafter40.tumblr.com</a></div><div>In one study, participants were 25% happier after doing this for only two weeks!</div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/how-to-be-25-happier-in-five-minutes-a-day.html" title="Lifehack.org" target="_blank">lifehack.org</a></div><div><br></div><div><b>6. Temporarily deny yourself something you love</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0924_aiiff.jpg" width="640" height="423"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/KKAlThani" title="KKAIThani" target="_blank">KKAIThani</a></div><div>Because absence makes the heart grow grateful-er.</div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://geekisawesome.com/tag/funny/page/4" title="GeekisAwesome" target="_blank">geekisawesome.com</a></div><div><br></div><div><b>7. Go on a complaint fast</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0927_ibhdd.jpg" width="640" height="448"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2008/02/.html" title="blog.mlive.com" target="_blank">blog.mlive.com</a></div><div>In 2007, a church minister in Kansas City challenged his congregation to stop complaining and start being more grateful. Participants were issued this wristband as a reminder of their pledge. If they complained, they had to move it to the other wrist and replace the complaint with a positive statement. The aim is to go 21 consecutive days without a complaint. Any bracelet will work. How long can you go without changing wrists?</div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/04/your-money/the-satisfaction-and-annoyance-of-complaining.html" title="NYtimes.com" target="_blank">nytimes.com</a></div><div><br></div><div><b>8. Compliment an enemy</b></div><div><div class="gifbox"><span class="gifImg" onclick="gifsrc('om2pdx6t_gif')"><a class="" gif-thumb="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_092849623_sm.gif" id="om2pdx6t_gif_a"></a><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_092849623_sm.gif" gif-src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_092849623.gif" border="0" style="max-width:630px;" id="om2pdx6t_gif"></span></div></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://bestgifreaction.tumblr.com/post/32987509633/it-looks-sexy" title="bestgifreaction.tumblr.com" target="_blank">bestgifreaction.tumblr.com</a></div><div>âIf we are to define gratitude as the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to us, then find those qualities in the people around you.â Even if they annoy you or are mean. Youâll feel better and they just might start to change</div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/4712-three-simple-steps-to-becoming-more-grateful/" title="TheEpochTimes" target="_blank">theepochtimes.com</a></div><div><br></div><div><b>9. Create a gratitude board</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0929_chbci.jpg" width="640" height="640"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://coolblueartemis.blogspot.com/2012_08_01_archive.html" title="coolblueartemis.blogspot.com" target="_blank">coolblueartemis.blogspot.com</a></div><div>Like a vision board, but better. Fill it with pictures of people and things that make your life worth living.</div><div><br></div><div><b>10. Ask yourself three questions...</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0930_ahidd.jpg" width="640" height="425"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/southpaw2305/4014747243/in/photolist-77LCu4-bi74WR-kSNMF-mePsRg-kJECur-anEb6v-5RTMKk-7Smura-4v5AC2-e1SuGM-5pfLym-8RZMdo-7V5FAd-2539Rj-nR45P-jeNwxL-2B9NQ-7P48Bg-dzP7o1-7RTDqt-6sNcDf-e8dtwG-kuWAWF-5sXZtd-fLTRSr-6ETbYc-fio3qb-7GZ1C7-fhDgLG-bMfJRx-nCj8Yz-bk2s1u-bKUQ7r-kjuuKH-aXVAzk-dzPaXq-jkdP5q-36ZnP1-it9Uj-drziYW-8s5nmy-bym8hL-ab84L4-4w6gXj-98gMw-cgKSa-7FRsJ3-9H4Gh-e1dCkE-8bBtSL" title="Southpaw2305" target="_blank">southpaw2305</a></div><div>Think about someone you know, then ask: What you have I received from them? What have I given them? And lastly, what trouble have I caused them? Youâll likely discover that a thank-you is overdue.</div><div><br></div><div><b>11. Go for a walk</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0931_idihg.jpg" width="640" height="448"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.verybestquotes.com/fitness-quotes/" title="Verybestquotes.net" target="_blank">verybestquotes.com</a></div><div><br></div><div><b>12. Accept your own awesomeness</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0932_fedih.jpg" width="640" height="359"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myrkothum.com/stop-comparing-yourself-to-others/" title="myrkothum.com" target="_blank">myrkothum.com</a></div><div><br></div><div><b>13. Hang out with grateful people</b></div><div><div class="gifbox"><span class="gifImg" onclick="gifsrc('bdwb0hp6_gif')"><a class="" gif-thumb="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_0933c4367_sm.gif" id="bdwb0hp6_gif_a"></a><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_0933c4367_sm.gif" gif-src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/201504_0933c4367.gif" border="0" style="max-width:630px;" id="bdwb0hp6_gif"></span></div></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://gifsoup.com/view/139684/dance-of-joy.html" title="Gifsoup" target="_blank">gifsoup.com</a></div><div>Negativity is contagious, but so is positivity.</div><div><br></div><div><b>14. Donate your time</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0933_ahhff.jpg" width="640" height="640"></div><div>Source:<a href="http://behappy.me/poster/someone-else-is-happy-with-less-than-what-you-have" title="Behappy.me" target="_blank">&nbsp;behappy.me</a></div><div>Volunteer for a good cause. There's no faster way to feel grateful for what you have than by spending time with someone who has less.</div><div><br></div><div><b>15. Think grateful thoughts</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/201504_0934_abbbi.jpg" width="640" height="481"></div><div>Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/MarloThomas/photos/a.152757168089387.30201.116482595050178/790118717686559/?type=1&amp;theater" title="Mario Thomas" target="_blank">Marlo Thomas</a></div></div><div><div class="gifbox"><span class="gifImg" onclick="gifsrc('bdwb0hp6_gif')"></span></div></div>
<div><div><b>1. Acknowledge good things out loud, right when they happen</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0918_eifeb.jpg" width="640" height="588"></div><div> ;StumbleUpon</div><div>Source:&n bsp;<a href="http://econest.blogspot.com/2012/11/t ry-this-life-trick-complain-less-be.html" title="Source: econest.blogspot.com" target="_blank">econest.blogspot.co m</a></div><div><br>< /div><div>Nip pessimism in the bud.</div><div><br></div> ;<div><b>2. Fake a smile</b></div><div><div class="gifbox"><span class="gifImg" onclick="gifsrc('5co1ea34_gif')">&l t;a class="" gif-thumb="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img /gifs/201504_091983aea_sm.gif" id="5co1ea34_gif_a"></a><i mg src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/ 201504_091983aea_sm.gif" gif-src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/g ifs/201504_091983aea.gif" border="0" style="max-width:630px;" id="5co1ea34_gif"></span>< /div></div><div>Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://almondmichael.tumblr.com/post/ 68166294124" title="AlmondMichael" target="_blank">almondmichael.tumbl r.com</a></div><div>Smiling&ac irc;whether it's a real smile or a fake oneâcan boost your mood. The brain senses the flexion of your smile muscles and interprets it as âI must be happy about something!â</div><div>Source :&nbsp;<a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/p refrontal-nudity/201207/smile-powerful-tool" ; title="PsychologyToday" target="_blank">psychologytoday.com </a></div><div><br></ div><div><b>3. Take the 100 Days of Happiness Challenge (100happydays.com)</b></div><div& gt;<img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0920_aehfa.jpg" width="640" height="384"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://instagram.com/p/qa0x-2PyYQ/?mo dal=true" title="AlishaBrunton" target="_blank" class="">alishabrunton</a>< ;/div><div>Snap a photo of something that makes you happy and share it with the hashtag #100happydays. Way better than a selfie.</div><div><br></div ><div><b>4. Start a 'good stuff' jar</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0921_dacdh.jpg" width="640" height="426"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://thecreativepatch.blogspot.com/ 2011/11/bottled-blessings.html" title="Thecreativepatch.blogspot.com" target="_blank">thecreativepatch.bl ogspot.com</a></div><div>When good stuff happens, write it down and save in a jar. At the end of the year, celebrate the good times by reading each note aloud.</div><div><br></div& gt;<div><b>5. Start a gratitude journal and add 5 things to it before you go to bed</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0922_ehgdb.jpg" width="640" height="359"></div><div> ;Source:<a href="http://fabafter40.tumblr.com/post/682 31270609/3-ways-to-cultivate-an-attitude-of-grat itude" title="fabafter40.tumblr.com" target="_blank">&nbsp;fabafter4 0.tumblr.com</a></div><div>In one study, participants were 25% happier after doing this for only two weeks!</div><div>Source:&nbsp;&l t;a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/life style/how-to-be-25-happier-in-five-minutes-a-day .html" title="Lifehack.org" target="_blank">lifehack.org</a& gt;</div><div><br></div> <div><b>6. Temporarily deny yourself something you love</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0924_aiiff.jpg" width="640" height="423"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/KKAlThani" title="KKAIThani" target="_blank">KKAIThani</a> </div><div>Because absence makes the heart grow grateful-er.</div><div>Source:&n bsp;<a href="http://geekisawesome.com/tag/funny/pa ge/4" title="GeekisAwesome" target="_blank">geekisawesome.com&l t;/a></div><div><br></di v><div><b>7. Go on a complaint fast</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0927_ibhdd.jpg" width="640" height="448"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/ne wsnow/2008/02/.html" title="blog.mlive.com" target="_blank">blog.mlive.com</ a></div><div>In 2007, a church minister in Kansas City challenged his congregation to stop complaining and start being more grateful. Participants were issued this wristband as a reminder of their pledge. If they complained, they had to move it to the other wrist and replace the complaint with a positive statement. The aim is to go 21 consecutive days without a complaint. Any bracelet will work. How long can you go without changing wrists?</div><div>Source:&nbsp;& lt;a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/04/you r-money/the-satisfaction-and-annoyance-of-compla ining.html" title="NYtimes.com" target="_blank">nytimes.com</a&g t;</div><div><br></div>& lt;div><b>8. Compliment an enemy</b></div><div><div class="gifbox"><span class="gifImg" onclick="gifsrc('om2pdx6t_gif')">&l t;a class="" gif-thumb="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img /gifs/201504_092849623_sm.gif" id="om2pdx6t_gif_a"></a><i mg src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/ 201504_092849623_sm.gif" gif-src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/g ifs/201504_092849623.gif" border="0" style="max-width:630px;" id="om2pdx6t_gif"></span>< /div></div><div>Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://bestgifreaction.tumblr.com/pos t/32987509633/it-looks-sexy" title="bestgifreaction.tumblr.com" target="_blank">bestgifreaction.tum blr.com</a></div><div>â If we are to define gratitude as the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to us, then find those qualities in the people around you.â Even if they annoy you or are mean. Youâll feel better and they just might start to change</div><div>Source:&nbsp;&l t;a href="http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/4712- three-simple-steps-to-becoming-more-grateful/&qu ot; title="TheEpochTimes" target="_blank">theepochtimes.com&l t;/a></div><div><br></di v><div><b>9. Create a gratitude board</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0929_chbci.jpg" width="640" height="640"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://coolblueartemis.blogspot.com/2 012_08_01_archive.html" title="coolblueartemis.blogspot.com" target="_blank">coolblueartemis.blo gspot.com</a></div><div>Like a vision board, but better. Fill it with pictures of people and things that make your life worth living.</div><div><br></div ><div><b>10. Ask yourself three questions...</b></div><div>< ;img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0930_ahidd.jpg" width="640" height="425"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/southpa w2305/4014747243/in/photolist-77LCu4-bi74WR-kSNM F-mePsRg-kJECur-anEb6v-5RTMKk-7Smura-4v5AC2-e1Su GM-5pfLym-8RZMdo-7V5FAd-2539Rj-nR45P-jeNwxL-2B9N Q-7P48Bg-dzP7o1-7RTDqt-6sNcDf-e8dtwG-kuWAWF-5sXZ td-fLTRSr-6ETbYc-fio3qb-7GZ1C7-fhDgLG-bMfJRx-nCj 8Yz-bk2s1u-bKUQ7r-kjuuKH-aXVAzk-dzPaXq-jkdP5q-36 ZnP1-it9Uj-drziYW-8s5nmy-bym8hL-ab84L4-4w6gXj-98 gMw-cgKSa-7FRsJ3-9H4Gh-e1dCkE-8bBtSL" title="Southpaw2305" target="_blank">southpaw2305</a& gt;</div><div>Think about someone you know, then ask: What you have I received from them? What have I given them? And lastly, what trouble have I caused them? Youâll likely discover that a thank-you is overdue.</div><div><br></di v><div><b>11. Go for a walk</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0931_idihg.jpg" width="640" height="448"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.verybestquotes.com/fitness -quotes/" title="Verybestquotes.net" target="_blank">verybestquotes.com& lt;/a></div><div><br></d iv><div><b>12. Accept your own awesomeness</b></div><div>< img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0932_fedih.jpg" width="640" height="359"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myrkothum.com/stop-compari ng-yourself-to-others/" title="myrkothum.com" target="_blank">myrkothum.com</a ></div><div><br></div> ;<div><b>13. Hang out with grateful people</b></div><div><div class="gifbox"><span class="gifImg" onclick="gifsrc('bdwb0hp6_gif')">&l t;a class="" gif-thumb="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img /gifs/201504_0933c4367_sm.gif" id="bdwb0hp6_gif_a"></a><i mg src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/gifs/ 201504_0933c4367_sm.gif" gif-src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/g ifs/201504_0933c4367.gif" border="0" style="max-width:630px;" id="bdwb0hp6_gif"></span>< /div></div><div>Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://gifsoup.com/view/139684/dance- of-joy.html" title="Gifsoup" target="_blank">gifsoup.com</a&g t;</div><div>Negativity is contagious, but so is positivity.</div><div><br>< /div><div><b>14. Donate your time</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0933_ahhff.jpg" width="640" height="640"></div><div> ;Source:<a href="http://behappy.me/poster/someone-else -is-happy-with-less-than-what-you-have" title="Behappy.me" target="_blank">&nbsp;behappy.m e</a></div><div>Volunteer for a good cause. There's no faster way to feel grateful for what you have than by spending time with someone who has less.</div><div><br></div&g t;<div><b>15. Think grateful thoughts</b></div><div><img src="http://www.thankyounotes.org/img/pics/ 201504_0934_abbbi.jpg" width="640" height="481"></div><div> ;Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/MarloThomas/ photos/a.152757168089387.30201.116482595050178/7 90118717686559/?type=1&amp;theater" title="Mario Thomas" target="_blank">Marlo Thomas</a></div></div><div& gt;<div class="gifbox"><span class="gifImg" onclick="gifsrc('bdwb0hp6_gif')">&l t;/span></div></div>
Beth Buczynski
Inspirational Happiness 
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