Practice Gratitude – Inspiration From a Chinese Restaurant

Sometimes we get a reminder to practice gratitude when not expecting it.

Before the pandemic, I had lunch with my friend Alice about once a week. At a Chinese restaurant, she noticed a “Practice Gratitude” message written on the chalkboard in the bathroom.

What does it mean to Practice Gratitude?

Practice Gratitude means to be thankful often. We can share our gratitude with others by thanking them.

We can do something nice for them and write thank you notes. We can have gratitude even when things are not going as well as we would like. For example, I chose gratitude instead of complaining about my neighbor’s loud wind chimes.

If we practice being grateful 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. Something as simple as going for a walk provide the inspiration to make a gratitude list.

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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 – 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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