Gratitude as a ‘Way of Life’

Love and gratitude involve the highest vibrations. If you want to increase your personal vibration, then pursue and live gratitude as a way of life!

Following are some key points from an article, ‘Benefits of positive thinking’ (http://www.the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com/attitude-of-gratitude.html

Gratitude is powerful!

“Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.”   Zig Ziglar

Read the two statements below and feel the difference between these them:

  • “I really hate my job. My boss is so stressful to deal with”
  • “I am so grateful. My job provides me money to live on and also gives me the opportunity to practice being patient with my boss”

In both statements you have a difficult boss. However, it is the way that you chose to tell your story that changes how you feel about it. If you choose to look at everything through a filter of gratitude, you will feel much better about the situation.

There are many times during the day to shift your thoughts towards gratitude:           

Waking Up: Right when you wake up, and are still lying in bed, take a little time to look for reasons to feel gratitude. Maybe you are grateful because it’s sunny outside or simply because you slept well. Take the time to ground yourself, at the beginning of your day, by awakening your feelings of gratitude.

Idle time. You can take advantage of windows of idle time (like waiting in a queue or traveling on public transport) to return to gratitude.

Choose to be thankful for those things relating to the idle time events. As an example, while you are waiting in line at the grocery store, you could feel gratitude for the food you are able to afford or for the convenience and variety of items available to you.

Tiresome tasks. If may be difficult to take pleasure in doing tasks that you’ve done over and over, like vacuuming your living room or taking the garbage out. However, you can use creative ways, during these tasks, to increase your gratitude. This will immediately boost your mood.

Going to bed. Right before going to sleep, take a minute to feel gratitude for three things from your day. It may be that you received a compliment, your children are healthy, you enjoyed some time with a friend, or just a beautiful sight… Feeling gratitude before sleep will help you to relax and fall asleep easier.

Following are some points from the article, ‘Living with an attitude of gratitudehttp://positivelivingtv.com/powerful-thinking/living-with-an-attitude-of-gratitude

Creating an attitude of gratitude is one of the easiest steps we can take to improve our lives. By showing our appreciation, we create happiness for ourselves and others that we come in contact with. Gratitude can be highly contagious.

Saying “Thank You” is the most basic and well-known way to show appreciation to others. You can say ‘thank you’ in many different ways: in person, over the phone, in a note or in an email.

Stop complaining about your life. As tough as life can be, remember there is always someone that has it worse than you do. Continual complaining about what is wrong in your life, keeps you focused and invests your energy on this negative emotion. The opposite is true as well – focusing on what is right in your life will keep you focused on that. Focusing on the negative will bring you down while focusing on the positive will lift you up.

Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have. This is very closely related to not complaining about your life. Being grateful for what you have keeps you in a positive place, whereas focusing on what you don’t have keeps you in a negative place.

Be satisfied with simple things and be mindful of little things. Being grateful for the little things in our lives is just as important as being grateful for the big things. Every day our lives are filled with little things that we can chose to be grateful for. What about the beautiful weather outside? How about the store clerk that went out of their way to help you? This will take some practice. However, if we take the time to notice them, there are many little things throughout our day that we can be grateful for.

Give to someone else. There are many different ways to give to someone else: volunteer your time to help those less fortunate; give someone a ride; share some helpful information; or mentor someone. Your actions could make a huge difference in someone’s life. If they in turn give to someone else, the cycle could continue without end.

Keep a gratitude journal. Find several things each day to be grateful for, no matter how big or small. A gratitude journal can serve two purposes: First it will help you stop and remember what you are grateful for. Secondly, it can serve as inspiration on those difficult days where it is hard to list grateful items.

Practice random acts of kindness. This is a fun and rewarding way to live a life of gratitude, especially when it’s done anonymously. Surprise someone with something unexpected. Try putting a note in your child’s lunch or bringing treats to the office to share. Even a small gesture can mean so much to someone.

The article, ‘The 31 benefits of gratitude’ (http://happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/) lists some interesting benefits of gratitude:

Gratitude develops our personality. It causes us to be:

  • Less Materialistic
  • More Spiritual
  • Less Self-Centered
  • Have more self-esteem

Gratitude has many health benefits:

  • Improves sleep
  • Strengthens physiological functions
  • Lengthens life
  • Increases energy level
  •  Helps us relax

The article also lists many emotional, social and career benefits.

As you can see, pursuing and living gratitude, as a way of life, not only raises your personal vibration, it also can greatly improve your quality of life.

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