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For each morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is a worthwhile endeavour for many reasons; one of the main reasons being that it helps us appreciate what we already have and what is already here (rather than the habit that many of us have of noticing what we don’t have). Most of us have an abundance of things to be grateful for (and even when it doesn’t feel that way, there is always something we can find).
Being grateful can help us keep a balanced perspective on our lives as well as being a soother for the soul. It can be easy to get in the habit of always be looking for what’s missing or what we want to achieve next but by taking time to cultivate gratitude in our lives, we can remind ourselves of all that we already have. Great for a more positive mindset!
The Benefits of Gratitude
The Benefits of Gratitude
- Gratitude helps you appreciate the people and things in your life
- Gratitude can help to remind you of what is really important
- Gratitude helps you see what you already have rather than what is missing
- Gratitude helps you realise you don’t actually “need” that much to be happy
- Gratitude can help you see the positive, even in the “negative”
- Gratitude is an attractive quality (on many levels).
The Law ofAttraction says that you attract into your life whatever you think about. Therefore, as I said above, gratitude is an “attractive” quality. Being grateful literally makes you a magnet for more of what you are grateful for. The more you are aware of and think about what you have to be thankful for, the more of those experiences that you attract in your life.
A simple example of this is to think about how you feel when you have given something to someone that is ungrateful. Do you feel inclined to give them more? Now think of a time when you have given something to someone who is genuinely grateful. Quite a different experience isn’t it? This also shows “The Law of Attraction” in action. It is no accident that many people that use The Law of Attraction are aware of the immense power and beauty available to us and those around us, in developing gratitude.
Tools For Cultivating Gratitude:
1. Use a Gratitude Journal
Regularly writing in a gratitude journal is a powerful way to go about cultivating an attitude of gratitude in your life. I write a couple of lines in my gratitude journal each night and it never fails to make me feel a little bit better than I already do as well as remind me, that even when I don’t feel like it or remember, there is always something to be grateful for.
2. Say “Thank You” Often
We can all be guilty of saying thank you less than we could at times. A heartfelt thank you can make a world of difference – think of a time when someone has really thanked you for something you have done. Look for opportunities to say thank you, rather than taking things for granted or looking for what is “wrong”.
3. Practice Being Grateful for the Negative
This one isn’t always easy, but definitely worth trying! Whatever our beliefs, we are all aware that sometimes bad things happen to us for a reason we might not yet understand or are aware of. Like many people, I have had many experiences that looked negative at the time, which I can see with the benefit of hindsight, needed to happen for more positive experiences to enter my life. For example, I recently expressed gratitude in my journal for an argument with my husband as it made me appreciate all the days we don’t argue!
Making gratitude an intention in my life has helped me to shift my focus towards what I have to appreciate in my life. I don’t always remember to be grateful, but when I do, it helps me to feel better about myself, my life and the people around me.
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