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Keep One New Year’s Resolution: Practice Gratitude

Keep One New Year’s Resolution: Practice Gratitude
01/08/2017 No comments Fr. Mark Haydu, LC, STL

As we get into the new year, we no doubt have settled on a few resolutions. Eat healthier, more exercise, greater patience. These are all good things but sticking with them is hard. We often discover we need an underlying change in attitude and motivation to keep up with those resolutions. A great way to change from a more negative to a more positive view on life, myself, and others is to practice gratitude!

Here is a summary of 7 lessons on gratitude and how it can make your life more positive and give you motivation. Why did I pick 7? Hey, because of all the biblical numbers, you should be grateful I didn’t choose 144,000.

Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends.

1. Gratitude should never be silent. We all know what it feels like when they say thank you. And when they don’t. “Unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude.” No doubt the other 9 lepers were super grateful to Jesus. They just didn’t tell him. And didn’t get saved.

2. Gratitude comes from looking and realizing your blessings. The leper looked down. He was a leper and now he is not. Our problem may be that we don’t often realize our blessings. So many gifts of God we have always just had. Just look at all the problems you don’t have.

3. Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends. As a priest, I’ve had plenty of chances to enter into the challenges people face. With social media even more. There are many byproducts of serving and accompanying the poor, but a primary byproduct for me is to help me see how blessed I am. And see how happy other people can be with so little.

4. Gratitude is an echo chamber. A good thing happens which is great but once you thank and share it, it is like an echo. The opposite of gratitude is bitterness and it is like sound deadening material. Bitterness allows pain to live longer. Gratitude allows the joys to live longer.

Gratitude generates generosity and attracts people that have a positive spirit.

5. Gratitude is like fertilizer. It makes all kind of other virtues grow. Gratitude generates generosity and attracts people that have a positive spirit. On the other side, ungrateful complainers have the ability (more like a liability) to find, grow, and create burdens. Not showing gratitude can kill are relationship. Spreading a lot of gratitude around will make them flourish.

6. Gratitude is a filter. It sifts out the good and leaves aside the bad. Like our ear picks up all the noises, but we only listen to what interests us. A grateful soul focuses on the good, the uplifting, the graces. So filter out the bad, skim it off the top, throw it in the trash, and enjoy the long lasting concentrate of goodness.

7. Finally, gratitude always increases opportunity. When I have my gratitude goggles on, I can see opportunities that I missed when I’m not in a feeling of gratitude.

So if you made it to the end of the article. Thank you. And pick one of these lessons to put into practice!

Fr. Mark Haydu, LC, STL
© 2017 Liguori Publications. All rights reserved.

Want weekly inspiration from Fr. Haydu? Fr. Haydu writes the reflections found in Our Parish Community, Liguori’s parish bulletin.

For more reflections by Fr. Haydu, read Meditations on Vatican Art, Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels, or Meditaciones inspiradas en el arte vaticano.

Fr Mark Haydu, LC, STL, is the national chaplain of the Lumen Institute. He also serves as special advisor to the international director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, a position in which he previously served. He is the author of Meditations on Vatican Art and Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels, and writes weekly art-themed reflections for Liguori’s Sunday Bulletin and eBulletin products. Fr. Haydu offers an expertise in spiritual direction and in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, in addition to his 20-plus years of communicating faith through art and images. He holds a bachelor degree and licentiate degree in both Theology and Philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

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