Practice Gratitude – More Inspiration From a Chinese Restaurant

Today, I met Alice for lunch at a Chinese restaurant. Last Saturday’s Post was also inspired by a meal at a Chinese restaurant. Today’s Chinese restaurant was at a different location and city than Saturday’s.

While chatting with Alice as we enjoyed our meals, I mentioned that I still needed to write the blog post for today. I was not sure what to write about. Just before we left Alice went to the bathroom. She came out and told me that “Practice Gratitude” was written on the chalkboard in the bathroom! There was my inspiration for today’s post. Right there in the bathroom. Of course, I went in a took a picture.

What does it mean to Practice Gratitude?

I cannot say what the intent was of the Chinese restaurant. Perhaps, to be grateful that the bathroom was clean, stocked with toilet paper, running water, and soap!

I think Practice Gratitude means to be thankful often. We can share our gratitude with others by thanking them. We can do something nice for them. We can have gratitude even when things are not going as well as we would like. If we practice being grateful everyday the outlook of our lives could improve.

Practice Gratitude
Practice Gratitude in the bathroom of the Chinese Restaurant

Have you ever tried to go a day without complaining about anything? Complaining is the opposite of gratitude. This is an area where I struggle as it is so much easier to complain. It will take time to replace a complaining habit with one of gratitude. Even if you are not expressing gratitude people will surely notice if your complaining stops. A sign in the bathroom of Chinese restaurant can be the reminder and inspiration that we need.

Today is also Thankful Thursday. I am thankful that Alice paid for my lunch today!

31 Days Tons of ThanksWhat are you thankful for today? How do you practice gratitude?

About The Author
Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

3 thoughts on “Practice Gratitude – More Inspiration From a Chinese Restaurant”

  1. I am grateful for a very productive day; a fabulously supportive hubs; and for hot tea! I practice gratitude by sending cards to those who I appreciate! I especially love to create a card with a picture of me and the recipient, if I have one! Or I send a picture of me with the gift they sent or the item in action!

  2. Well Heidi, many times in the bathroom I am thankful I don’t have to go to an outhouse.
    Yuck! An outhouse is for last resort chance. Since your note was written yesterday, Thursday which is the day I usually always grocery shopping, I always thank the bag girl for putting the grocerys all bagged up and back in the cart. They always ask if I need help to put groceries into car. I say “No, Thanks” and am grateful I am able to do it myself.

  3. How serendipitous to find these words whilst out! I often say we need to practice gratitude. To me, practice is accepting of a lack of perfection and speaks of the indent to continue to improve.

    Thank you for again linking up to #thankfulthursday! Love having you here xS

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