THE POWER OF GRATITUDE
We can’t stop emphasising the power that gratitude emits in our day to day life. The energy that the act of attitude gives out has been known to engender happiness. Being able to be grateful contributes to greater success in your work, enables greater health, leads to peak performance in all that you do; you will have a higher sense of well-being, and has been known to lead to a faster rate of recovery from any form of surgery.
But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.
That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.
I will like you to note that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. A more positive approach to things and the ability to appreciate the good, rather than emphasise the negative. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.
When we talk about being your ‘true self’, gratitude is the simplest way to access that essence. First of all, it is easy; you don’t have to go anywhere or spend any money. Secondly, it can be instantly used to switch negative thinking to positive, thus creating a new brain habit as new brain connections are formed. Using gratitude, you can learn to focus on what connects people, rather than on what separates them. It is a conscious way of life.
There are many things to be grateful for: : waking up each day, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, shelter, food, the ability to read, our health, the air we breathe, our close family members. What’s on your own list? Let’s look at some ways that you can begin to practice gratitude….
Some Ways to Practice Gratitude
- Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
- Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
- Practice gratitude all the time with your loved ones, your partner, your children, your colleagues – make it part of your nighttime routine. – to meditate on your day and more on what to be grateful for.
- Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation. It will reduce your stress level.
- When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
- Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.
As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfilment is gratitude at work.
Do something today: Give yourself a 28 day challenge beginning 1st of February, 2017, to open a ‘gratitude’ journal and ‘consciously’ write down all that you should be grateful for each day. You may keep this journal at your bed side, and do so each night or early in the morning. You will be surprised at your collection of ‘gratitude’ entries at the end of the month of February. It will be a life-changing awesome experience.
I will like to hear from you ……..
Stay positive, stay focused – Believe you are Phenomenal