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A guide to growing in gratitude - Catholic Digest

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Prayer impacts our perspective!

  • If you are struggling with being grateful, take this matter to your prayer time!
  • Ask the Lord for more graces to accept each moment of your life, as it is, and to overcome whatever is holding you back from being grateful.

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Surround yourself with people who are grateful for life

  • Gratitude is an important virtue and flows from humility. “If souls are humble, they will be moved to give thanks,” St. Teresa of Ávila said.
  • We need to overcome the desire to be “Pinterest-perfect” or to believe that this type of perfection will bring us happiness!

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Materialism fuels our ingratitude

  • It is important to focus on the non-material world where we share our thanks with words of affirmation, kind deeds, and prayers of thanksgiving.
  • Decide whether this item will bring me or my family lasting joy: Will it end up in the trash can within a week?
  • I...

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Forgive

A major obstacle to being grateful or growing in this virtue is refusing to forgive .

  • When we refuse to forgive it leads us to grow in hard-heartedness.
  • Consider forgiving those who have hurt you or robbed you of your joy.
  • Seek to mend that relationsh...

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Relax

Worry and anxiety can also lead us away from being grateful.

There is a direct link between screen time and anxiety, especially with our teens. St. Paul says:

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your ...

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St. John Paul II

Remember the past with gratitude … live the present with enthusiasm and … look forward to the future with confidence.

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