5 Steps to Practice More Gratitude in Your Life
The alarm clock rings and the first thought that comes to mind is “if I didn’t work, I could sleep whenever I want” or “oh no, and here the daily routine goes again” or the simple “I just don’t want to get out of bed”. These days, we seem to be programmed to complain, protest against what we apparently don’t have, instead of being grateful for what we do have. This is not the first time we have talked about the importance and power of gratitude. But have you really tried to practice it? If not, relax – now is a good time to start doing it.
And, while it can be a little difficult especially if you are going through tough times, but if you make gratitude a habit, we can assure you that your life will change completely.
As Rhonda Byrne says in her book The Magic, “When you give thanks for the things you have, no matter how small, they instantly increase.”. For example, if you are grateful for the money you have, no matter how small, you will find that it magically increases. If you are grateful for a relationship, no matter how imperfect, you will see it miraculously improve. If you’re grateful for the job you have, even if it’s not your dream job, things will start to change so that you enjoy doing it more, and suddenly, all sorts of career opportunities will present themselves.
So are you ready to start practising more gratitude but don’t know how to proceed? Not to worry! In today’s article, we bring you tips to start experiencing the power of gratitude. Interested in learning more? Read on!
1.Do an Inventory of What You Already Have
Talents, strength, family, friends, work, health, home… write it all down. The list will surely be long and surprise you. Once you have it, read it, examine it, everything you have is a gift and you should be grateful for it.
Love and appreciate everything you have. Everything that is there, is there for a reason, so learn from it. Giving thanks before you even receive is what creates miracles.
2.Change Your Language
Do you listen to yourself when you complain? Complaining is the opposite of gratitude, so you should try to eliminate if from your vocabulary little by little. Remember that protesting about everything will not change your reality, on the contrary, it will make it more difficult and can fill you with bitterness and resentment.
3.Express Your Appreciation in Words
Start now by thanking those around you. Words have a transcendental power that manifests itself in an almost magical way. Thank your partner of your children for their existence, express to them verbally or in a letter how important they are to you. Do the same with the rest of your family, friends and co-workers. A grateful heart spreads and attracts wonderful things.
Take that first step – the results will surprise you!
4.Change Your Attitude
Being grateful is an attitude that helps us overcome life’s challenges. This feeling gives us the power to choose wisely how we feel, what we say, what we do and ultimately what we believe. On the contrary, complaining and adopting a victim attitude tends to push other away, makes us bitter and prevents good things from entering our lives. Choose to be grateful, it is a cultivated mindset that always brings a harvest.
5.Give What You Have Received
If someone has given you chances, now look for someone to give a chance to. If you have been given good advice, now give it to someone who needs it. Being grateful for the present will inspire you to give the same to others.
To wrap up, remembering what we have and how lucky we are immediately brings happiness to all of us. And, very importantly, gratitude improves our relationships with others. So what are the steps you are going to take first to cultivate gratitude? Let us know in the comments below.