Choosing Gratitude - Your Journey to Joy


How much do I want to read more? 5/10

I surely didn't read enough to get a meaningful message out of it, But so far, it was all praise to "God" and no point behind it.
I'd like to be inspired with gratitude so that it echoes within my heart. I should try with another book.


FOREWORD - Before you begin

So many people do things for me or to me–as a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, and I’m always quick to say, “Thank you.” And I mean it.

INTRODUCTION - Your Invitation to Transformation

I want you to see what I’ve seen. And I want you to experience the fresh joys I am encountering.

I have seen how a lack of gratitude manifests itself in fretting, complaining, and resenting–whether within the confines of my own thoughts or, worse yet, through venting those thoughts to others.

I’ve discovered that gratitude truly is my life preserver.
It buoys me and keeps me from drowning in what otherwise would be my natural bent toward doubt, negativity, discouragement, and anxiety.
It’s a choice that requires constantly renewing my mind.

A POWERFUL SECRET

To a significant degree, your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, as well as the health and stability of your relationships with others, will be determined by your gratitude quotient.
Cultivating a thankful heart is a safeguard against becoming bitter, prickly, and sour.


CHAPTER ONE - The Power of Gratitude

there’s a world of difference between being able to say “thank you”–and actually having a thankful heart.

WORSHIP OR WHINE

A grateful man or woman will be a breath of fresh air in a world contaminated by bitterness and discontentment.

OUR HEART’S DESIRE

Still, it would surprise me to think that you woke up this morning saying, “My, if I could just be a more thankful person, my life would be so much better.” Lack of gratitude rarely presents itself as a source of our problems.

it’s a difficult child, a frustrating job, a serious (or perhaps just suspicious) medical issue, an in-law impasse. It could be a bad credit rating, a sleep problem, a lingering sin habit, maybe something as life-altering as a long, drawn-out divorce.
Big. Small. Long-term. Everyday. There are so many things about our individual life experiences that occupy our thoughts, feed our fears, and add to our worries. like a spider web we can’t seem to brush off.
We build our cases against the people who cause us the most grief in life. We seek out the supportive shoulders that are offered to let us air our complaints and annoyances.

True grace-motivated gratitude fits everywhere, even in life’s most desperate moments and difficult situations. Even when there are no “answers,” it gives hope. It transforms overwhelmed strugglers into triumphant conquerors.

THE GREATER PART OF GRATITUDE

Gratitude is a lifestyle.

CHAPTER TWO - Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude