Being grateful, feeling gratitude, feeling thankful plays a huge part of being happy. The energy of gratitude also helps you manifest whatever your desire.
It is a powerful energy, but honestly speaking, for most of us normal regular people, it is the last thought in our minds. There are kids to take care of, aging parents, illness, bills, work, laundry, dishes. The list is unending.
However, I recently decided I must make a conscious effort to bringing the feeling of gratitude in my life. I tried these two methods, and they worked beautifully. I can honestly feel a huge shift in my moods, and life.
1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL:
Yes, I know, most probably you have done it and given up on it. I had done it too before, and found it a huge bore. So this time I made some changes. First: I got 2 journals with pictures I love. I just LOVE animals. One journal has a kitten on it, and the other has a puppy. Second: I enlisted my 8 year old son to do this activity with me. Third: We both write 5 things we were grateful for that day, just before sleeping. Fourth: We think and describe exactly why we feel grateful about each thing. And I must say it has made a HUGE difference to me. There is something wonderful and powerful about doing this with a child who is enthusiastic about doing this with you. If you don’t have a child, enlist your spouse, or another family member, or a friend. Describing why I feel grateful makes me re-live it, and relish it all over again.
End Result: I sleep a much happier person, feeling so much more peace. Try it yourself and see how you feel. It seriously helps you sleep better!
2. GRATITUDE OBJECT:
This is really simple. I got this idea from the movie: The Secret. They talk of a Gratitude Rock. What you need to do is carry with you something, anything that can be with you always, and assign it as your “Gratitude Object”. During the day, whenever you see or touch that object (eg: a rock, your ring, bracelet, chapstick, comb etc), you need to think of ONE thing you are grateful about. It becomes a game, and can be a lot of fun.
End Result: You are thinking grateful thoughts all through the day.
These are simple tips, but believe me, they have made a huge difference in my life. Do it, and let me know how you feel.
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