Our friends at grandeurvision.wordpress.com had this to say about gratitude. We couldn’t agree more with them and wanted to share their insight.
It is easy to feel grateful when everything is going well in your life. What about when things are not going well? When there are burdens, struggles, drama, it’s hard to feel grateful. Do we wait until life gets better or can we start where we are, in midst of the problems and challenges?
When outside circumstances are not changing, it’s time to go inside. Change begins with each of us.
What is gratitude? According to the dictionary, it’s a “feeling of thankfulness”. The gifts of gratitude are increased self-esteem, happiness, enthusiasm, peace and joy. How would you like to reap the benefits of gratitude? Try the practices below and see how you feel. See if you can do this for 100 days!
- When you wake up, take a few deep breaths and thank the air for filling my lungs (after all, where would we be without air). Close your eyes, put your attention in your heart area and feel a sense of gratitude, which is a warm, joyful feeling to most. Repeat to yourself, “I feel grateful.”
- As you go about your day, say to yourself, “I am grateful. I feel great. I feel amazing.” When you meet up with other people, smile and thank them for helping you (no matter what). Everyone is a gift. Everyone has a gift. Silently, say to yourself, “I am grateful for you.” Then put your attention in your heart area and feel a sense of gratitude. Breathe in gratitude.
- Look for opportunities to notice things you appreciate and people you appreciate.
- At the end of the day, take a piece of paper and write down all the people, places and things that you are grateful for.
- Write a blog about your gratitude journey.
- Write thank you cards to family and friends to tell what you appreciate about them.