When we focus on what we have in our lives and what we are grateful for, it leads to an increased sense of well-being. Having an attitude of gratitude helps you feel more positive and it helps to sustain that positivity in the long term.
Gratitude is about expressing thanks and appreciation for what we already have, rather than focusing on what we want or don’t have. Studies show that by cultivating and attitude of gratitude we can increase our well-being and happiness; it is associated with increased energy, optimism.
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It has done for me and for my clients. I get clients to start off by making a list of three things they are grateful for each day and then slowly increasing that to a list of 10 things.
I like to list at least five new and different things everyday that I am grateful for and use a gratitude journal for this. If you need help to get started use these simple questions:
1. What am I happy about in my life right now?
2. What am I excited about in my life right now?
3. What am I proud of in my life?
Spend five minutes every day and keep a note of what is going well in your life, this will become a constant reminder of what is good in your life. Soon you will notice the more that you are grateful for, the more you have to be grateful for and if you struggle to list three things at first, soon you’ll have a list of 10 or more things every day that you are grateful for!
Don’t feel grateful?
Don’t worry, when I first started, some days all I wrote down were that I was grateful my kettle worked and that I was grateful to have a roof over my head. We often tend to forget about the little things and life gets out of perspective.
If you still can’t think of any to be grateful for consider this
“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week. If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.”
Benefits of Gratitude:
• An improved sense of well-being
• Increases positive emotions
• Long-term happiness
• Decreased anxiety and depression
• Leads to better relationships
• Helps you feel more connected
• Can improve sleep quality as you have happy thoughts before you go to bed and to sleep
• Gratitude make you stronger
• It makes you a better person, you become more helpful and kind to others
Gratitude quite simply makes the world a better place
When you express your gratitude and are kind to others, they will pass this on. There are a number of ways to develop an attitude of gratitude, keeping a gratitude journal as mentioned is one of my favourite ways but you can write a letter of gratitude to one person or to the people who have had a positive influence in your life.
You could also do a 21 Day Challenge – 21 days with no complaining, criticising, gossiping or negativity!
I do also have a charm bracelet with charms that represents things I am grateful for in life and things I love. I am reminded of these things whenever I wear my charm bracelet.
Once you start looking for things to be grateful for you will find more and more things and you start to appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasures that life brings.
I have stopped taking things for granted, I am grateful for everything and everyone in my life, I am living and learning every day and now, mostly see the good in every situation or can at least see a positive outcome.
This is not always easy and it does take commitment and practice, so my challenge to you is start today! Start bringing in an attitude of gratitude; don’t wait for things to happen in order to be grateful, be grateful for what you already have and start to look for the positive in every situation, it becomes easier over time with practice.
Let me know how having a attitude of gratitude works out for you. Please share your experience with me by clicking here, and let me know if you want a copy of a FREE Gratitude Diary to get you started on one of the steps on your journey to Life-Long Health, Happiness and Abundance.
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