The Science Behind Gratitude or How to Practice Gratitude
This time we’ll talk about the ways to activating overflowing abundance to shower abundance not only onto yourself, but also onto everyone around you.
Talking about abundance, have you ever asked yourself “what is abundance” and how can it manifests in your life?
If you haven’t asked or haven’t had the key to “force” the universe to give you anything you ask for…
Then you are at the right place. Now before we talk about abundance, there is something you should know.
It’s the power of gratitude.
You hear the word “gratitude” so often but take a moment and ask yourself…
When was the last time you actually count your blessings or acknowledging things that you receive and notice those simple pleasures in life?
Majority of us are so busy with our lives that most of the time, we are not aware on continuous bases about how much we have been given.
Now, why is it important to be grateful? Because gratitude shifts your focus from the things you lack in life towards great abundance that is now present.
It is the key that unlocks the gateway to abundance. Being thankful and appreciating life and the things life offers you make us more resilient and even happier.
Be thankful. Express your gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal. Gratitude has become to mental habits, what eating veggies is to dietary habits. You’ve heard a lot about it, you know how important it is, and either you already do it, or you feel bad that you don’t. The commonly recommended practice is to take a few minutes before bed and jot down a few items from the day that you’re grateful for. This practice is thought to make you happier, healthier and less stressed. Oprah recommends it, as do many other experts and gurus.
Happy as You Want to Be
Almost everyone have heard the hit single ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin. by the way this Video has more than 5 million views @youtube, amazing!!!. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. Bobby Mcferiin’s simple message surely made a lot of people by telling them not to worry.
Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
One of the better things ever said is – ‘The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change’, and in our life we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that it too would change.
Social networks or relationships are essential to happiness. People are different, accept people for who or what they are, avoid clashes, constant arguments, and let go of all kinds of resentments. If arguments seem unavoidable still try and make an effort to understand the situation and you might just get along with well with
Happiness is actually found in everyone, increasing it is a way to make a life more wonderful and also more healthy.
To be happy is relatively easy, just decide to be a happy person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook to be. The choice is simple really, choose to be happy.
There are several ways by which you can do this:
Being grateful is a great attitude. We have so much to be thankful for. Thank the taxi driver for bringing you home safely, thank the cook for a wonderful dinner and thank the guy who cleans your windows. Also thank the mailman for bringing you your mails, thank the policeman for making your place safe and thank God for being alive.
News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can’t start their day without their daily dose of news. Try and think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do.
LET ME SHARE WITH YOU THE 5 STEPS TO UNLOCK THE GATEWAY TO ABUNDANCE:
DISCOVER THE POWER OF GRATITUDE TO UNLEASH UNLIMITED ABUNDANCE
Faced with busy schedules and challenging lives, we often forget how fortunate we truly are. Even when things are going well we forget.
Being grateful should be treated as an important part of the day because appreciation contributes to our genuine happiness.
Once you develop an attitude of a sincere attitude for all the blessings you receive, this unleashes the power for you to receive even more than you already have.
Generally around Thanksgiving we officially enter into “peak gratitude season,” when we celebrate our thankfulness for all the good things in our lives.
Having the feeling of gratitude essentially means taking nothing for granted and giving thanks about the abundance in life that you have obtained.
But wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience that level of joy, love, and appreciation every day of the year? How would it change your life if you did?
Gratitude actually fits in with abundance in various aspects. Providing emphasis on a feeling of gratitude towards whatever life offers you immediately bring you into an energetic alignment having an increased abundance. Gratitude is what really keeps you stay connected to great power.
As a famous writer says, “A lot of people are trapped in the state of poverty by having lack of gratitude.”
Abundance always goes with gratitude because we can always attract great wealth as well as abundance with the power of gratitude.
Have you ever wondered why your life is not really abundant, why good things don’t happen to you, why aren’t you completely happy?
Is it because you are living in a life full of complaints like the majority?
This is actually one of the main reasons behind your lack of abundance in life. If you always see things negatively, you will never appreciate the good things you possess and the blessing you receive.
Ingratitude attracts scarcity.
Why not change the way you see things?
Start looking at everything in your life as a blessing and as good things to be grateful for, then your life will become meaningful and you will be happy.
Your sense of gratitude will bring great abundance that you have been dreaming of. The way you see life, the way you think about the things around you, make a huge difference about how abundant you are in your life today.
The feeling of gratitude is really powerful and it an essential part of your life that has the ability to bring yourself to the things you want. When you start looking and focusing your own energy on being truly grateful, you bring real abundance in your life.
Hence, never underestimate the power of gratitude. It is one of the highest emotional states you can experience. When you cultivate gratitude, you’re able to feel true joy and contentment, no matter what you have or don’t have in your life. The more grateful you are with what you have, the more you will attract more for which you can be grateful.
Gratitude always fits in with abundance. They primary key towards obtaining real abundance in life is through learning to become grateful even in though you are living in an ungrateful world.
GETTING IN THE RIGHT MINDSET
Having the right mindset means finding something to be grateful for in every difficulty. If you have the right way of thinking about life and the things around you, you are able to see the opportunity behind every problem. If you are able to acknowledge the good things in your life amidst diversity, you have the right mindset that will lead you towards a happy life.
In the face of difficulties and in today’s sinking economy, it is really difficult for us to remain appreciative and grateful. Once you feel overwhelmed and stressed out, it is sometimes hard to find reasons to become grateful. It is true that most of the times, finding the good in difficult situation can really be challenging.
However, the great benefits of maintaining appreciation and genuine gratitude in spite of what is going on around you, are truly worth looking into. Having the right mindset about being grateful and appreciative can greatly transform your life.
You need to get the right mindset in order to unleash unlimited abundance in your life.
Learn to Count your Blessings
Each of us has our own blessings in life. Regardless of who you are, where you came from, or what you are going through, you always have blessings in your life that you can be grateful for. The only challenge here is to educate yourself to provide emphasis on gratitude and search for many reasons in order for you to manifest appreciation.
If you are a type of person who is not really appreciative, well this is the best time for you to develop your new habit. This habit is about searching for something to be thankful for about every situation, experience that you encounter or person.
Why is it so important to be grateful?
Why do we need to cultivate this habit?
All because we choose to train our attention on is what we consciously think about.
So if we choose to focus on what we’re grateful for, our overall feeling of well-being improves. We find the world to be a kinder place. You’ll start to notice more things to appreciate. Your feeling of abundance just keeps growing and growing.
Gratitude has many benefits in that it can keep you from feeling inadequate. It can keep your mind focused on the good rather than the bad. You can think more abundantly by having gratitude. This is why you must obey the Law of Gratitude if you want what you seek.
Think about this. If your show of gratitude is strong, the results that come back to you will be strong. If your debt of gratitude is continuous, your supply will also be continuous. If you start losing your attitude of gratitude, you will find you will lose ground rapidly and end up on the losing end of life.
In every difficult situation that you encounter, this can really be difficult, but if you are able to develop this habit, you can see significant changes in your life and how you view life itself. You just have to work hard in finding a little piece of diamond in a huge rocky mountain.
You can also give thanks for a loving relationship with your partner and family, your good health and those positive outcomes in various situations.
Gratitude is really powerful and being fully aware of the blessings you receive can have huge impacts on your life. If you are filled with thankfulness and appreciation, this change your reality’s dynamic.
Genuinely express appreciation and gratitude for those people around you. If something good happen to you, no matter how big or small it is, be thankful that it happens.
If you get into the right mindset about having a feeling of gratitude towards others and each situation, you will also feel good about yourself. You will have a different perspective about life and you will view the world as something beautiful.
It is truly amazing how a positive action can create so much change in the life of a person. Acknowledging the great power of attitude is actually one of the most important things today that create a great effect on one’s life. In very tangible ways, it is true that gratitude is the key that opens the gateway to abundance.
LIST DOWN THE THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR
There are a lot of things around us to be grateful for; it’s just a matter of appreciating the blessings you receive and acknowledging how blessed you for having them. Educating yourself for the feeling of attitude actually means taking nothing for granted and giving value to whatever you posses. Practice the attitude of never putting off an action or the word for the expression of your gratitude.
Many individuals tend to take for granted the things that are present in their lives. There is actually a gratitude exercise instructing us to imagine losing few of the things that you are taking for granted today such as your family, your home, as well as your ability to hear and see, to walk or just anything that is currently giving you comfort.
Imagine losing them and then imagine that you are getting each of them back every day. Think how thankful you would be when it happens and when each one is given back to you.
Starting finding happiness even in those small things you posses rather than holding out for great and big achievements like getting job promotion, having a baby or getting married. There are a lot of things to be grateful for.
When you wake in the morning, be thankful for the life you have for another day. Your happiness always depends on how you view life itself and how you see your life today. If you begin to think that there are many more things to be grateful for, you will see how happy your life will be.
Use gratitude in order to guide you in putting things in their right perspective. If everything around you seems wrong, and if things do not go the way you want them to be, bear in mind that in every problem and difficulty carries the seeds of a greater benefit.
When you are facing any challenge in your life and when you are in the face of great adversity, just ask yourself about the good things that you can get from it. Understand how you can benefit from a certain situation.
Take some time today, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, to come up with a gratitude list. List everything you are thankful for to help you get through those slightly cloudy or downright stormy days when it’s hard to conjure up a pile of thankfulness.
Like anything, gratitude is a learned behavior. It’s something you find easier the more and more we you practice.
If it doesn’t come naturally, don’t let that stop you from still giving thanks. There is still much to be thankful for, if we only have eyes to see.
You can even be grateful for the littlest things that you probably never pay much attention to. These could be the simple things you can be grateful for even when times are tough…
You can feel gratitude for …
1. Family, whether “by blood” or the people you’ve met in your life, that always make you feel at home
2. Your many significant others who are your true friends, who make life a lot easier to go through, and who love you more than you deserve
3. Good health if you have it, one of life’s greatest pleasures. For any good health at all.
4. A roof over my head and a warm home
5. I am thankful for living in a town full of creative minds and opportunities
6. For a body that allows you to function in any way
7. For a brain that allows you to think about the world and its people in all the ways that you can
8. For access to water, one of life’s most important necessities
9. For all the colors of the world that make life so much brighter than it would be otherwise.
10. For a phone that allows you to communicate with people instantaneously even when you are far away from them.
11. For good times and bad times – that we celebrate them or made it through them.
12. For faith, hope, and love. Because those things are free, irreplaceable, and the only things that last a lifetime.
13. The kindness of people I have never met before.
14. The setbacks that have formed me and made me stronger.
15. For life, because without it none of the above is possible.
Use this list as a starting point and add any specifics you have. It’s a good idea to pop the list on the fridge, or somewhere you can see it to remind yourself to be thankful throughout the day. Soon it will be second nature and you’ll start to attract more good things to be thankful for.
GRATITUDE IN TOUGH TIMES
So we’ve covered all the good bits of our life and we’re focusing on them. But what about the bad things that happen? Should we be grateful for them as well? Well yes, if possible.
Being grateful for bad things that happen to us isn’t saying that what happened should have happened. It’s not about lying down like a doormat; ready for the next punch life might throw at us.
Being grateful about the bad things that happen is more about learning to live with the life you’ve had, and seeing the good that can spring from anything.
When times are tough, or if you are in the midst of despair, or emotional mayhem, taking a moment to foster gratitude will create a sense of encouragement and calm when you need it most.
It is the last thing we can think of.
When we are facing difficulties, all we do is complain and ask why bad things are happening to us. Turning bad days into gratitude days is really a great challenge for many people, but it is always possible.
Being grateful for hardship. This doesn’t mean that the universe is going to give you more if it. It’s more of a letting go. You can have two people in life experience exactly the same turn of unfortunate events and manage it completely differently.
The person who uses gratitude that they are still alive, still surviving, still fighting, and has learnt from the lessons life has thrown upon them either at their own hand or at the hand of others is the one who is going to be positively affected by having gratitude in their life.
Learn to count your blessings, not your problems.
Gratitude can help you cope with hard times…
People spend most of their time lamenting about their problems, complaining about the difficulties they suffer from that they no longer care about the blessings that they have received. When faced in difficulties, people really tend to forget what they have and the good things in their life.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting that gratitude will come easily or naturally in a crisis. It’s easy to feel grateful for the good things. No one “feels” grateful that he or she got into an accident or lost her new watch or credit card.
But it is vital to make a distinction between feeling grateful and being grateful. We don’t have total control over our emotions. We cannot easily control ourselves to feel grateful, less depressed, or happy. Feelings follow from the way we look at the world, thoughts we have about the way things are, the way things should be, and the distance between these two points.
Hence, it is important to practice to count your blessings during tough times. Learn to look at the brighter side of every situation.
If you experience problems and difficulties at work, be more grateful that you have your own work. If you are facing challenges in life, be more grateful of these challenges because due to them, your life is not boring.
If you are facing trials in your life today, be thankful that these can give you much strength to overcome more trials in the future. Appreciate your challenges in life that can help you learn and be a stronger person.
To say that we are grateful does not mean that everything in your life is perfect; it only means that you are aware of all your blessings in spite of the challenges that you are experiencing.
If you remain angry, upset and frustrated because you are having a really bad day, that won’t change anything. In fact, that would make things worse.
Being grateful during these times can brighten up your day as well as others. Getting what you want is not the only reason for you to grateful, sometimes, your appreciation in life becomes even more valuable when you learn to be appreciative in times of troubles and difficulties.
If you are in a difficult situation, instead of hating the world for giving you such problem, think of the benefit that you can benefit from it. Think about the things that you can gain from this situation and through this, you will become more inspired to overcome the difficult situation you are into.
Always look for something to be grateful for in every bad day you face. Also, it is better to understand the reason you are in such situation and think of the best things that you can obtain from it. If you learn to become more grateful and happy with every situation you are in, you can become happier in your life.
Always be grateful that you do not already have all the things that you want because if you did, there will be nothing more to look forward to. Be more grateful for every difficult situation you are into because in those times, you are able to grow.
HOW GRATITUDE CAN CHANGE WHAT YOU ATTRACT
Being grateful in any kind of situation is really a powerful and strong attracting force. Gratitude reduces negativity, helps people learn, improves relationships and most importantly, gratitude attracts that things that you want. This is a great and powerful force that can change what one is able to attract.
Having gratitude helps us to enjoy life more. It can break through huge barriers and reduce our stress loads, give us more confidence and help us to meet our goals- no matter how big they may be.
Once you find things you appreciate and you start providing emphasis on the things you are thankful for, you can always attract them. As you start flooding your mind with gratitude or appreciation, you actually attract more of those that you want. If you are in a state of gratitude, you are also in a high energy vibration essential in attracting more things that you can be thankful for. There will also be more things that will magically come to you – things that are actually drawn into you by your focus and great feelings of gratitude.
Getting What You Want
Gratitude brings you more of what you appreciate.
Every time you flood your mind with appreciation or gratitude you attract more of what you desire.
Because providing more focus on the things that you really want in life and thus, you are attracting more of these things into your own life.
When you are grateful, you’re in a high energy vibration that will attract more things to be grateful for and more good things will come to you magically, drawn in by your feelings of gratitude. The emotion of joy attracts conditions of joy.
This is why it is important to keep a gratitude list so you know what to focus on. Take time each day to express your gratitude for all of the good things in your life and you will soon begin to experience the benefits.
Also, gratitude makes the things that you want more tangible and serves as real aspect of your reality. The more real and tangible your desires are, the more you will provide great focus on them. As being said, gratitude is really powerful. It can resolve problems, improves your life, helps you learn and attract the things that you want.
This can greatly change what you attract because the more aware you are about the blessings and good things you receive, you give more focus to it by expressing your appreciation. This will in turn enable you to attract positive energies to obtain what you want.
Manage your time. Time is invaluable and too important to waste. Time management can be viewed as a list of rules that involves scheduling, setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.
Laugh and laugh heartily everyday. Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As they also say -‘Laughter is the best medicine’.
Express your feelings, affections, friendship and passion to people around you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to keep pent up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead find ways of expressing them in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt to anyone.
Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks. Accomplishments are necessary for all of us, they give us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel worthy of your time.
Learning is a joyful exercise. Try and learn something new everyday. Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons. And could also give us more opportunities in the future.
Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.
Avoid exposure to negative elements like loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.
These are the few simple things you can do everyday to be happy.
Gratitude really matters. It does not only allow us to obtain what we want but it also leads to positive actions. When one feels grateful for the kindness showed by a person, one may be more likely to show kindness in the person in return. This is then really helpful in creating good relationships with others.
With many blessings that you can take benefit from appreciation and giving thanks on the things you receive, there is no reason for you not to the practice the attitude of gratitude. This will not only attract good things on your life but on the lives of others as well.
And always remember the quote from Abraham Lincoln, he says that, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”