“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)
Happy Thanksgiving, America! This special day is set aside for gratitude. Did you know that some people think gratitude is so important that it will change your life? This post explains the power of gratitude and gives you some practical tips for achieving it!
Do you believe in the Law of Attraction? Before dismissing it as New Age hooplah, look to your own experience for evidence of it.
For instance, when you genuinely smile at someone, do you not usually receive one in return? When you’re grumpy, don’t you notice that most often people will react in kind?
The Law of Attraction is at work whether we accept or deny it. There is one key element about the Law of Attraction when using it to improve your life: emotional energy.
Positive emotions (like joy, abundance, gratitude and love) net you positive results.
Armed with this knowledge and in honour of Thanksgiving in the U.S., the easiest way to begin using the Law of Attraction to your benefit is being grateful. I know what you’re saying. “How can I be grateful for everything in my life when I’m not?”
Well, you don’t have to be grateful for everything in your life. The secret is to focus on and appreciate the aspects of your life that you ARE grateful for. By loving your life now, according to the Law of Attraction, you’ll love your life later!
From The Secret, Daily Teachings, Day 295:
Gratitude is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to transform your life. If you become truly grateful, you will magnetize everything you need, wherever you go, and in everything you do. In fact, without gratitude, nothing can ever change. Your life will change to the degree that you use gratitude an begin to feel grateful. If you are just a little bit grateful, your life will change just a little bit. If you are very grateful, your life will change a lot. It’s up to you.
So now that we understand the power of gratitude, how do we apply this to our daily lives? Let’s start off with awareness:
Signs You’re Being Ungrateful
The following list may surprise some people but we are being ungrateful when we indulge in these feelings, thoughts, words and behaviour:
- Unproductive and destructive criticism
- Blame (either ourselves or others)
- Stress, anxiety or tension
- Bad moods
Please do not think that it is wrong to think, feel, speak, have or be any of the above! We have every right to them. But who’s the boss of us? We are! We have the power to choose to feel differently in every given moment.
Tips to Feeling Grateful
- Practice makes perfect! Commit to feeling grateful at least once a day for at least 17 seconds at a time, for a 1 month period. See and feel the difference it makes in your life!
- Exercise: Write a gratitude list with 100 items on it that you are grateful for in your life right now. Try doing this every day for a month.
- Really feel grateful. When you’re thinking of something you are grateful for, stretch your mind to find everything you love about it. How does it enhance your life? How does it make you feel?
- Exercise: Choose an activity you do daily, once in the morning and again at night. This could be brushing your teeth, opening and closing the curtains or putting on your shoes and taking them off again. When you do that activity, say to yourself, “Thank you for the most incredible day!”
- Go for a walk in nature. This is one of my fail proof tricks to feeling grateful. The fresh air, changing seasons and animal life all elicit wonderful feelings of appreciation for simply being alive!
- Exercise: Next necessary but boring task, pause for a moment before doing it. Think about the benefits you will receive by completing this task. Will it help you get closer to a goal? How will you feel when you’ve accomplished that goal? Hold on to that, feel good and now feel grateful for this activity because it’s helping you get closer to what you want!
There’s got to be more tips and tricks to feeling grateful! Will you share yours with us? We’d be grateful for it. 😉