Being grateful and feeling appreciation - even for the smallest gestures and things in life - will help you to stay centered, find more joy and most importantly will open your heart. When you catch your mind dwelling on some negative thoughts - stop, take a deep breath and pay attention to what you are doing and appreciate the moment. It can be as simple as being grateful for water and soap while washing your hands!
Here are some thoughts on Gratitude from the "Soul Coaching Cards" by Denise Linn:
"Gratitude is the secret to a joy-filled life. True thankfulness can work like modern-day alchemy, yielding happiness and peace beyond imagination. And it's so simple: find what's good and wonderful in every moment. No matter what's happening around you, there's always something to be grateful for. Whatever you appreciate in life will grow, so discover what you're thankful for - even the people and situations you've found challenging - and watch miracles unfold."
Be grateful and smile - Susanne