“Gratitude Is The Way I Walk In Love” -A Course in Miracles.
Today I would like to talk about gratitude, and how having an attitude in gratitude can change your way of thinking.
All of us have default patterns we recieved from our upbringing and our environment. One of the most common human reaction is negativity. We as humans think that negativity is the easier emotion to have, or so your thought patterns would have you believe. Being consistently negative can have a surprise affect on your health, problem solving, career, relationship and so on. Let’s elevate our lives by carving a new path, a path of gratitude.
A Gratitude Story
A few weeks back I went camping with my boyfriend and my 3 boys. I so badly wanted this camping trip. I needed to get up into the mountains to reconnect with spirit and relax. I had everything planned out to a -T- so that I could relax. My boyfriend and my kids needed my help a lot during this camping trip and I found myself getting really annoyed and frustrated by that. Every time I heard them say; “mom” or “babe” I would roll my eyes and say “WHAT” in total frustration. What do you people want now? Can’t I just relax? My negative thoughts were ruining this camping trip for me and probably my family. I was putting lunch together and one of my sons was needing my help again and yelling “mom” “mom”. I was about to answer with my usual “WHAT” but I stopped, I took a few deep breaths, closed my eyes and repeated in my mind; “I AM grateful for the fact that I AM needed!” “I AM grateful that my family turns to me for help and guidance!” It feels really good to be needed, I thought to myself. Some day my kids won’t need me to help them as much as they do now and I should soak up all the needy moments while I can. And just like that my attitude change and my camping trip was a success.
The Gratitude Effects:
1: Gratitude makes you happier. Try keeping a gratitude journal. Whenever you have a negative thought or feel stuck. Sit down, write out those thoughts and next to those negatitve thoughts write out why you are grateful instead. Keeping a gratitude journal has reportedly increased long-term well-being by 10%.
2: Gratitude takes away our judgements towards ourselves and others. Whenever you find yourself judging yourself or others. Change your thoughts towards gratitude. Write down how changing your judgemental thought towards gratitude made you feel.
3: Gratitude makes us healthier. Changing your negative thoughts with gratitude resulted in 16% fewer physical symptoms, 19% spent more time excercising, 8% more sleep and 25% higher quality of life.
4: Gratitude boosts your career. If you are feeling stuck in a position at your job or you are at a job that you don’t like and/or you are not passionate about. Instead of talking about how stuck you feel or how much you hate your job, remind yourself of all the things you are grateful for in your career.
5: Gratitude strengthens are emotions. Gratitude reduces our feelings of envy, it overall makes our emotions happier. Gratitude lets us experience good feelings and helps us bounce back from stress.
6: Gratitude boosts our relationships. Instead of thinking all the negative thoughts about your partner, friend or family member and why they annoy you so much. Remind yourself why you are grateful for your relationship with them.
Another Gratitude Story
My boyfriend and I have been together for 8 years. Throughout our 8 years together there has obviously been some fights and some resentment that has built up. I found myself constantly having negative thoughts towards him and my relationship. I would constantly wonder if we should even be together. One day I was scrolling through Facebook and I came across this meme that said “Instead of focusing on all the negative things in your relationship, focus on all the things you are grateful for” This meme hit me like a bolt of lightening. I sat down shortly after reading this meme and I wrote out 10 things that I was grateful for in my relationship. “I AM grateful for his laugh, his laugh his so contagious and when he gets going his laugh is funnier then the actual thing that made him laugh.” I kept writing things like this and as I was doing this I felt all the anger and resentment start to lift and I started to remember why we fell in-love. I started to feel joy and happiness and really great memories started pouring in. Now, we communicate better and we are happier then we have been in a long time.
Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more things. -The Secret
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