Thanksgiving has come and gone but it’s not too late to offer a different perspective on gratitude.

No, I’m not going to ask you to write down what you’re thankful for.

What I AM going to ask you is this:

What’s your gratitude ratio?

That’s the amount of time spent being grateful vs. time spent complaining.

The two are opposites.

Is it 1:4?  1:10?  1:50?!

Think about it.  How much time do you spend complaining each day?

I do it plenty, especially now during COVID.

It’s certainly a good start to be thankful one day a year but is that all we’re capable of?

What do you think your life would look like if you found one thing a week to be grateful for?

How ‘bout one thing a day?

Wanna increase your ratio?

Spend more time helping others.

Volunteering is a great way to boost your gratitude ratio.

The gift I get when I volunteer is perspective.  I see how hard others have it and it makes me appreciate how fortunate I am.

Keep the gratitude ratio in mind next time you find yourself complaining.

Is there something more positive – something you’re fortunate to have – you can devote your mental energy toward?

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