We take so much for granted and often don’t appreciate what’s good in life. That’s where gratitude comes into your life. Practicing gratitude changes the way we look at life. Gratitude is a habit. We can get out of this habit when we concentrate on the negative aspects of life. However, like any habit, you need to practice.
Gratitude will make you happier and healthier. Once you started you’ll find more and more things that you’re grateful for.
Here’s seven gratitude adjustments to help you practice and make your habit stronger:
1. Wake up thinking something wonderful will happen today.
As you think so shall it be.
2. What will you “get” (rather than have) to do today?
Change the way you look at things. Don’t think of what you have to do. Think of everything as what you get to do.
3. Look at the abundance in your life.
I’m not writing about material things! Look at how well you are provided for. Look at what you take for granted; water, air, food, the ability to breathe, walk, rain and sunshine.
4. Give compliments.
Stop thinking about yourself and give compliments to others without thinking of having one in return.
5. Give up complaining!
I did this 30 years ago and never looked back.
6. Say “I am blessed” all day.
You will begin to believe it after saying it.
7. Tonight fall asleep with grateful thoughts for your day.
You will have a much better sleep if you don’t fall asleep thinking about the lack in your life but abundance instead.
If you practice these 7 steps at least 1/2 the week, you’ll find your life begin to change.
For more on gratitude, visit the Greater Good here and read about Robert Emmons, considered to be the world’s authority on gratitude.
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”
~Sarah Ban Breathnach