Nope, that isn’t a typo…I’m grateful today for gratitude.

Saying thank you comes pretty easy.  It practically rolls off the tongue.  But true gratitude? Well, I’ve come to believe that true thankfulness is a finely honed skill.

We all learned to say thanks on demand when we were young.  Each year another birthday rolled around and we heard thank your friend for the gift.  A waitress brought your drink – Tell the nice lady thank you.  The stranger in line told your mom what an adorable kid you were – Awww…say thank you, sweetie.

We’re so conditioned to say please and thank you that often we don’t put a great deal of thought into the sentiment.  We just say thanks, and then we’re done with it.

But honest-to-goodness, heartfelt gratitude has the ability to turn everything on its head.

Frustrated that you’re sitting in stop and go traffic?  Choose to be grateful for a car to drive and the chance for time to yourself.

Annoyed that it’s raining on your one day off?  Choose to be grateful that you have a dry place to watch the rain and open yourself to the possibilities for an unplanned day.

Sad that your mom’s gone?  Choose to be grateful for the time you had together and the memories you made.

Some people might be born with this ability, but it’s one I’ve had to work on over time.  If I’m brutally honest I’d have to admit that I spent a lot of years being a glass half empty kind of girl. But lately I’ve been finding that turning things upside down by choosing to be grateful is remarkably rewarding.

It turns out that gratitude itself is quite a gift.

My post as part of Colline’s The Gratitude Project.