Gratitude

Gratitude is sometimes something that must be learned. It might take you a while, but in the long run it will definitely make a difference in your life. Today, think of all the ways that you can show gratitude. Could it be just saying a kind word to someone? Then notice your change in attitude. I’ll bet that you’ll notice how much better it is and how that in turn gives you better results!

This is something so pure and easy, and yet it continually awes me at how important and wide-reaching the results are.

Here is a simple exercise that I use in my life that has gotten some amazing results.

Gratitude Exercise:

  1. First, write down 10 things you are grateful for.
  2. Next, find as quiet a place as you can, and just settle in to your own space for 5 minutes.
  3. Now, ask for guidance for the day. You can ask yourself, a higher power, or just offer the request as a general thought.
  4. After this, send love to anyone you have difficulties with, including those people with whom you may be experiencing any emotional pain.
If you do these simple steps every day it will completely change your attitude, and your Attitude is what orients you toward the fulfillment of your fondest wishes.

A simple shift is all it takes!

William James said it best:

“The greatest discovery of this generation is that you can alter your life by altering your attitude of mind.”

Pretty cool, right?

You can change your life just by changing your attitude!

If you take just a few moments with this exercise every day, it can bring abundant love and a sense of tranquility that will resonate throughout your entire life, and draw more beauty and happiness toward you.
Also, here is a slight variation to this exercise that might help if you have any trouble finding things that you are grateful for.
If you start thinking of things that you are grateful for but draw a blank or you don’t have the deep feeling of gratitude, I think these extra steps can be a big help.
  • Don’t just go through the motions: Journaling can be very effective if you first make the conscious decision to become happier and more grateful.
  • Go for depth over breadth: Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things.
  • Get personal: Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.
  • Try subtraction, not just addition: One effective way of stimulating gratitude is to reflect on what your life would be like without certain blessings, rather than just tallying up all those good things.
  • Savor surprises: Try to record events that were unexpected or surprising, as these tend to elicit stronger levels of gratitude.
So try incorporating one of these at a time in your gratitude exercise to switch things up and get a different experience and perspective.

Let me know how you show gratitude!

Gratitude

Image credit: The Law Of Attraction Library

Author: Sean May

Sean May is the founder of Science of Imagery. Sean focuses on helping individuals and companies reach their personal and professional goals while working to make the world a better place, one smile at a time. He has over 10 years of experience in the Personal Development space, using many different modalities and techniques to help break through old belief patterns and focusing on making things as fun as possible to break through any negativity or seriousness.

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  1. I am a disabled veteran who is still having difficulty walking (not to mention running). Your video yesterday, showing the young man losing weight and eventually running was very inspirational!

    Thank you so much for posting it. I will never forget it!

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    • You are very welcome 🙂

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Have a wonderful day!

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  2. I gift a painting (or paintings) to whoever I am grateful for their help or guidance. (I am a professional artist.) I, also, make them nice meals.

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  3. Thank you You opened my eyes to Gratitude

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    • You’re very welcome!

      Gratitude is a very important part of life. Without it, it can be quite hard to get ahead.

      -Sterling

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