I woke up this morning feeling extremely grateful. It seems as though an increasing number of my mornings have begun with a general feeling of gratitude. Sure, there are things I want and do not have. Yet, I still make a determined effort to focus on the pleasure all life has brought me thus far and trust that everything I need and desire is in my future.
So, ask yourself do you want to feel more positive about your life? The key to positivity is gratitude. Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve already been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already has.
Try these simple tips to invite gratitude into your life:
• Exercise your gratitude muscle: Keep a gratitude journal. Make a list every day of three things for which you are grateful; you can do this first thing in the morning or before going to bed at night. If journals are not your thing then at least make a concerted effort to acknowledge the things you should be grateful for. Try to wake up or fall asleep thinking about the positive things in your life. It’s easy to complain. Negativity is a poor motivator, yet we’re all guilty of leaning on it. Why not embrace all that’s good in your life?
• Think yourself grateful: You really can determine how your life will turn out, based on your way of thinking. If you constantly look for bad things to happen, guess what? Bad things will most likely happen to you. But if you turn your thoughts to a more positive nature, and find the good in everything, you’ll soon become a happier person and live a much happier life.
• Remember bigger isn’t better: start finding joy in the small things instead of holding out for big achievements.
• Set Intentions: Ask and you shall receive. The universe has an amazing way of giving us what we want when we are open to receiving it. So be sure to set an intention that is important to you and word it in a way that makes you feel good when you read it. Our only real job in this life is to feel good for as much of the time as possible, when we do this… asking for what we want and getting it becomes very easy.
Warning: Practicing gratitude and doing the above exercises will have you feeling lighter, happier, more joyful, and automatically finding things to be grateful about ALL the time. Proceed at your own risk!
Sending Love and Gratitude! ~ Loni