We are all surrounded by blessings and reasons to be grateful, but few of us realise this. Many people have a habit of skipping gratitude in their obsessive rush to the next thing. The question is, do you really understand what it means to have gratitude, how to express it and how it can positively impact your life? We all desire, look forward to and without exception deserve a happy life. Unknown to many, gratitude is the pathway that will lead you to a happy and fulfilling life. It is an active state of appreciation that will attract opportunities for greater joy and abundance.

By shifting your attitude and focusing on the little things so worthy of feeling grateful for, you will discover even more things to be grateful for. If you focus on things that make you sad, you will see more things that make you feel this way. As you can see, it’s all about perspective. Utilising the power of gratitude consciously is an important life skill that we all need to learn and master. Today is the perfect time to be mindful of the things you are grateful for.

What is Gratitude?

Simply put, gratitude means being thankful for what you have right now, counting your blessings and acknowledging all that you receive, both big and small. It is about noticing the simple pleasures in life. By developing an attitude of sincere gratitude, you attract more for which you can be grateful and unleash the ultimate power of abundance. Something as simple as whispering a prayer in the morning expressing how grateful you are for this new day can lead to positive changes in your life. By cultivating gratitude, you will experience true joy every day no matter what you are going through.

The Power of Gratitude

Never underestimate the power of a simple ‘thank you’. Expressing gratitude is one of the most effective tools for feeling better. Gratitude is a powerful force that can help you manifest your deepest desires such as health, love, peace and abundance. Often amid our busy lives and tackling the problems we face, we tend to ignore these two powerful words. By repeatedly seeing the worst in situations and magnifying the problems you face, you become blind to the many opportunities and instances you should be grateful for. This adversely affects how you view life and how you overcome challenges. The result is a constant struggle for real happiness. A grateful mindset opens us up to creativity, inspiration and new opportunities. Each time you express gratitude, you align yourself with an infinite flow of joy and abundance.

How Gratitude Shifts Your Focus towards Joy and Abundance

Gratitude arms you with the necessary strength and perception to shift your focus from negative thought patterns towards abundance. Developing the habit of feeling and expressing gratitude will positively impact your career, personality, emotional state, health and social life. Instead of complaining about all the things you don’t have, instead you choose to focus on what you do have. In doing so you become more resilient and happy. You begin to believe that there is nothing life can throw at you that you cannot overcome. You begin to believe that your blessings are bigger than your problems, you are tapping into the positive energy within you and using this to shield you from suffering and pain. In turn you will start to notice improvements in your health, your mental state, your thoughts, your relationships, your performance, and a reduction in your stress, tension and fear.

Whilst you wait for things that are yet to come, learn to be grateful for what you have now.

How to Cultivate an Attitude of Appreciation

Here are some habits you can adopt daily for using gratitude to attract more joy, wealth, success, compassion and abundance into your life:

1. Morning Meditation

It is important to establish a morning ritual that will set you up for your best day. Try starting your day with a meditation session to calm your body and mind, to reflect on your achievements from the previous day and to create a feeling of excitement about all the possibilities that lie ahead. Meditation renews your energy and reframes your mindset to bring positive thoughts. Beginning your day feeling positive and inspired, you take this positive energy with you into the world and pass it onto others.

2. Develop a Sense of Wonderment

Being aware of the beauty that surrounds you helps to cultivate gratitude. If you live in the countryside, marvel at the beauty of the picturesque scenery and the breathtaking beauty of nature. If you live in the city, marvel at the magnificent landmarks and architecture that surround you. Be more observant and note the subtle gestures of good will people make. Smile more and carry out random acts of kindness. Always aspire to see beauty where others see nothing.

3. Appreciate Your Own Accomplishments and Positive Qualities

You can’t appreciate others without appreciating yourself first. Many people are busy pleasing others instead of focusing on themselves. Be grateful for the wonderful gift that is your life. Celebrate the small wins in the same way you celebrate big successes. Acknowledge all that you have accomplished and believe all the positive things people say to you. Never dismiss a compliment, accept it and bask in the joy it brings you.

4. Write down all that you are grateful for in a gratitude journal

Writing down all that you are grateful for is a powerful and therapeutic way of training your mind to notice these things all the more. By seeing them on paper you recognize the eminence of them. This inspires you to live each day to the fullest so that you can add more treasured moments to your Gratitude Journal. It could be anything from your health to a delicious meal you savoured. If you struggle to identify anything recent delve into your memories and select one that brought you great happiness. When you are encountering a negative or painful experience you can revisit your Gratitude Journal to remind you just how lucky you are.

5. Express appreciation of others daily

This could refer to your family members, friends, partners, spouses, colleagues or even complete strangers. By letting others know how much you appreciate them, you enhance their sense of self-worth and invite them to express the same kindness towards you. Positive energy is infectious, they will share this positive energy with others, including you.

Benefits of learning to be grateful every day:

• When you shift your focus towards gratitude, it brings immediate feelings of happiness.
• Gratitude helps us to overcome difficult times more quickly and easily.
• When you take time to appreciate all the ways in which life is being kind to you, you attract more positive experiences, joy and abundance.
• Practising an attitude of gratitude leads to better health. You will experience improvements in your sleep, reduced stress, an improved immune system and less physical pain.
• Being consistently grateful helps you to evolve and become a better version of yourself. You will become more open-minded and attract greater opportunities.
• By activating the Law of Attraction through the power of gratitude, you open doors to more joy, wealth and abundance in your life.

By developing an attitude of sincere gratitude for everything you have and everything you are, you open gateways to greater things. Beginning and ending your day with gratitude will ensure you are well and frequently rewarded.

If you’d like to learn more about how practicing gratitude can bring you more joy and abundance, please contact me.

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