A Morning Habit Helps Express Gratitude in Retirement
Why would anyone think that it’s important to express gratitude in retirement?
Have you ever looked at faces of older people who seem to be angry or unhappy? Do you think it makes them look even older than they are? Does it make you feel as if this could be your new best friend?
Contrast your response to those retirees who are grateful for whatever they have. How does it make you feel about spending time with them?
An Example of Gratitude In Retitrement
My husband and I have a friend in his 80’s who has had just about every form of cancer you wouldn’t want. He probably has lost over 100 pounds in the past ten years and is on a very selective diet. Yet, he never complains. He remains physically active in spite of his frailties and always expresses gratitude for his life, family and many experiences. Anyone who meets him wants to spend time with him, and we all benefit from his positive attitude. My sense is that his heartfelt gratitude is what enables him to make joy in his life.
Gratitude vs. Dissatisfaction
Anger has a lot to do with feeling that you are not getting what you want. When we feel cheated, we’re likely to also feel angry. Gratitude, on the other hand, has to do with being thankful for what has already been given to us.
Think about it: How much energy do you put into being unhappy over a situation or event? Does it make you feel upbeat or achy and tired? Do you feel drained after an angry episode—or have you adversely affected an important relationship? It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re angry more often than you’d like, you might consider reading this article with tips for stemming anger. True, it may take effort, but we can learn to control our emotions.
Using gratitude in retirement for stemming unwanted anger
An effective way to stem anger is to be so grateful for life that there is no room for anger. And, the most effective time to develop your gratitude is first thing in the morning. Upon awakening each day, think of three things for which you are grateful. You may have to write a note to yourself as a morning reminder at first. However, upon realizing how good your day is with no room for anger, your morning gratitude session becomes a habit. Then, why would you want to forgo such a beneficial practice?
Please share this article with your friends—especially if they are struggling with anger.