3 Ways I’m Changing My Attitude This Week

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I realized this past week that I have become very ungrateful. The clues? I found myself complaining, criticizing others and feeling complacent.

I am not sure when my bad attitude began, but I do know that I can’t let the evil and negativity of the world crowd out my joy, peace and gratitude.


To counteract my stinkin’ thinkin’, I will be doing three things this week:


1. Making a Gratitude List-I will be writing a list of things I am thankful for each day in my journal. If you would like to join me and need a jumpstart, you can print this Thankfulness A to Z page. I originally created it as an activity for the Thanksgiving holiday, but you can use it any time of year.


2. Empathizing with Others-I will be putting myself in others shoes this week–the cashier at the grocery store, the harried mom at the bank, my own family. I will be thinking about what I can say to encourage and appreciate these people, and bring a little joy to their lives.


3. Writing Three Thank You Notes-I have an entire basket of note cards just waiting to be used and mailed, so this week I am taking action. I plan to write some encouragement and appreciation to at least three of my friends.


Hopefully by focusing on gratitude this week, I can improve my bad attitude. I’ll let you know how it goes.

If you would like to join me, leave a comment and let me know what you will be doing this week. :)


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  • Kaitlin White

    Thank you. I needed this today. With so much negativity we are exposed to on a daily basis it is easy to get caught up. I will join you in this project this week. It will be good for me right before the holiday stress kicks into high gear.

  • http://thriftymominboise.blogspot.com/ Thrifty Mom in Boise

    I love these ideas. Great plan. We could all stand to be a lot nicer to each other. A great place to start is with thoughtful gestures.

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee


  • Michele M.

    I have been feeling put out, angry, ungrateful and not gracious by any stretch. Not to my Famiy or co-workers. To the extent that my joy of life and positive nature have been severely handicapped. Thank you for the post–I have needed this activity to assist me on climbing out of the whole of nastiness. I will start today! Have a blessed week.

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      I think we all need a little attitude adjustment now and then. :)

  • http://www.whippinitup.blogspot.com Amy

    I’m here too! Thank you for this post, I need it more than you know. I’m also going to help others feel better, I’m going to give compliments.

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      Good idea Amy! It’s always nice to make someone else feel good about themselves.

  • Robin Jones

    Wow! This sounds great. I have such a busy week and so many things to get ready for the end of the week, AND we haven’t even taken a family photo yet (AHHHHH!) What a great week to be thankful, be mindful of others, and just be a little more thoughtful.

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      I am usually more organized Robin, but we just made our family photo yesterday–LOL!

  • Stephanie O.

    Thanks for writing this…it’s so true that we tend to get complacent, and especially after the tragedy that happened in CT, I think I especially need to be more grateful that I still have my girls safe & sound…especially on those days when they’re bickering or acting all rowdy & loud or whining about doing their chores! It’s so easy to think “it will be so nice once they finally…” but then I miss out on where they are as people NOW. Wonderful food for thought!

  • Dara

    Great reminder, Kimberlee. I’m a little late in reading this but it’s never too late to make the time for these wonderful, positive actions!