Accessing the Power of Gratitude: The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.
But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives and for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a word of Thankyou. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit and that, for many of us, can take some time.
That is why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all that we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.
Remember that gratitude is not a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It is more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in the world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.
There are many things to be grateful for, i.e. colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, great tasting coffee, yummy food, the ability to read, listening to our favorite music, our health. What’s on your list?
Some Ways to Practice Gratitude
- Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way. Choose a journal in your favorite colour, this way you make your practicing gratitude experience a more personal one.
- Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
- Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your night-time routine.
- Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
- When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You will be amazed by how much better you will feel.
- Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, why not even express thanks for gratitude!
As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work!
Accessing the Power of Gratitude by Yvonne Joy Powrie copyright 2015
Life Change The Revolution Approved Coach.
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Accessing the Power of Gratitude’s Author:
Yvonne Joy Powrie is an empowering women specialist. Yvonne draws on her challenging life experiences and extensive study in personal development, human behavior and mind training techniques to help women globally, via Skype, Facebook group, on-line training, workshops, group coaching and her ever popular ” feminine connection” retreats, helping women in their 40′s and upwards to step into their brilliance and live life on their terms.
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