Being grateful on a consistent basis is like wearing magical glasses that transform the world around you. When you are grateful you don’t let negativity cloud your vision. Life develops a refreshing clarity of purpose, and a world of possibilities opens before your eyes, allowing you to life your dream life.
I know for me being grateful opens my heart to all the beauty the world holds, and that being grateful is one of the keys to creating the life I love. People who express gratitude don’t necessarily have more than others, they just feel as if they do. When you acknowledge the things and people you are grateful for on a regular basis, you’ll cultivate a feeling of being blessed in a way you’ve never experienced before. Gratitude also provides other life-enhancing benefits including:
Making you more present. You can’t be grateful for something if you aren’t experiencing the moment, meaning gratitude pulls you into the present moment.
Boosting your emotions. Studies have shown that being grateful for what you have in your life increases feelings of relaxation and optimism.
Increasing energy. Gratitude increases your energy both physically and metaphysically by raising your vibrational level.
Some ways to start to enjoy the benefits of being grateful include:
Give thanks for the little things. Everyone has many things to be grateful for everyday if you think in the most basic terms – the sun than shines, the trees that sway in the wind, the meal you just ate, your loving pet, the first sip of your morning coffee.
Share your gratitude out loud. Saying “thank you” isn’t just polite – it can have a profound impact on someone else’s day creating a ripple effect of good vibrations out to the Universe.
Start a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal can be helpful in expanding your gratitude practice. It’s a great way to retain your thoughts and focus on the positive things in your life rather than dwelling on the less than optimal aspects. Pick a format that works for you. If you don’t like to handwrite, opt for an online journal. If you want to make it a tactile experience, choose and old-fashioned paper journal that you can write in while you snuggle up in bed or sit at your local coffee shop.
You’ll find as you become more grateful your list will get longer and longer. So, what are you waiting for get your gratitude journal and start enjoying the benefits of being grateful.