Overcoming Objections to Gratitude

Today is Friday a great day to Feel Fabulous Friday.  We all know that Feeling Fabulous is more often than not a choice.  Regardless of our circumstances we choose to feel fabulous or flabbergasted.  Gratitude is the same.  Regardless of scientific findings some will still firmly grasp their objections to gratitude.  Today let’s explore those objections so we can move them out of the way of us feeling fabulous on this Friday.


Objection 1: “Gratitude is just another form of positive thinking.” 

Gratitude is more than positive thinking.  Positive thinking is an approach to life, being optimistic and seeing the glass as half full.  Gratitude is a response to life and our interaction with others.  Gratitude is dependent on others.  For many to receive from others is a humbling experience, it is a form of indebtedness.  There are responsibilities with gratitude, such as acknowledging those who help us achieve, identifying who is helping us, and responding graciously.  Gratitude is not merely a way of thinking it is a connection to other people.

Objection 2:  “Gratitude makes one more passive or complacent.”

Scientists have found that those who keep a gratitude journal are more successful at achieving their goals than those who do not.  Gratitude leads to action and action is counterproductive to complacency.  As we explore our connection to others through gratitude we emerge with a greater sense of purpose that helps us identify goals and take action that is aligned with our purpose on this earth.

Objection 3:  The “Set Point” Theory of Happiness.

The set point theory of happiness is that we each have a happiness set point and no matter what we do we cannot sustain a change to that set point.  This is not true.  Gratitude specifically transforms people.  When people are connecting with others and exploring their connection to others with gratitude their level of happiness improves.

Today’s Simple Smile Igniter is to put aside the objections.  Put aside the cynicism.  Put aside the dismissiveness.  Use the 100 Smile Challenge blog this month especially to open new possibilities in you.  Decide today to explore gratitude, acknowledge your connections to those who support you, take inspired action, and allow your “set point” to transform.


About Jodi Rosenberg

I am a life coach, corporate project manager, and generally happy person who has chosen to express myself through the written word with the intent of making life better for all of us.
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