The 3 reasons the author suggests are:
~Gratitude shifts your mindset;
~Gratitude creates solutions;
~Gratitude is contagious.
After each reason the author had a brief explanation and it was in reason #2’s explanation, gratitude creates solutions, that the author mentioned something very interesting. He suggested looking for your triggers–events, situations, people that triggered your complaining, annoyance, and frustration. Once these emotions take over, gratefulness is derailed. I thought this was very interesting concept.
What are your triggers–especially the petty, insignificant ones? Here are a few that can easily spoil a grateful attitude:
~being stuck waiting in a long, slow-moving line;
~rush hour traffic;
~more work being heaped upon you where you’re employed;
~the change you’re trying to make being harder and taking longer than you though;
~every time you turn around there’s an unexpected bill to pay;
~feeling overlooked and unappreciated.
These are just a few of the many day-to-day irritations that can slowly a grateful heart and thankful spirit. Take a little time to contemplate what your triggers are so that you can be aware of them and nip them in the bud.
Your Friend and Pep Pal,