Gratitude, or the concept of living your life with gratitude, is not new. The idea of maintaining the mindset of being grateful for what you have has been around for, well, forever. So why is gratitude such a buzzword as of late? Perhaps it is the fast pace of life and the stress and anxiety that it causes. Being grateful for your life, health, family can help keep perspective, or at least, help us feel like all the hard work is worth it.
Maybe in this society of material want, we have come to the realization that the “stuff” is not making us happy. Do we really need to acquire the newest and best of things to feel like we are fulfilled? Isn’t a healthier choice to be satisfied with what we have and not live in want?
Being grateful for your life as it is also keeps you grounded and present in your now. We are not always thinking about what we need to have in the future, what we missed out on in the past, or how much better our lives would be if only……………………
So, sure, you may agree with all of that. It all sounds good, right? But, tough? You bet! Our culture is a more, more, more, more, type thing. We are taught, conditioned to want the newest, best, biggest, fastest of everything. We want to have the right house, the right car, go to the right vacation spot, wear the right clothes, and have the right bottom line on our bank statement. But, what happens when we don’t have and can’t get those things? Chances are we feel bad. We feel bad about ourselves. Why aren’t we good enough, successful enough, smart enough to have these things that we want?
Here we are feeling shortchanged and it makes us negative and, most likely, pretty grumpy. So, we wake every morning with a feeling of deprivation and want. We move through the day trying to figure out what to do differently to put us where we think we should be. Or trying to determine where we went wrong. This negativity and feeling of low self-worth multiplies. We are giving fuel to the thoughts and the thoughts manifest into our reality. Okay……so maybe a bit much for you to swallow, but the idea is there.
Here is the million dollar question………………..how do we get to a place of gratitude? How do we wake every day and go to bed every night feeling grateful for the abundance of our lives? Focus and a bit of effort.
There are many paths that you can take. Some people find that beginning to meditate helps. Or, perhaps yoga will help with the task of learning to stay in the moment. A great first start is to just set your intention at the beginning of every day. As soon as you rise, recite a positive mantra. This can be whatever is important to you. Some easy examples:
- I choose joyfulness
- I am deserving of happiness
- My life is full and abundant
- Money comes easily to me
- I will turn challenges into new successes
Or instead of a mantra, you could list five things that you are grateful for every day.
- Clients (business)
- The beauty of nature
You get the idea. Beginning each day with positive vibes can really help to dictate the direction of your day. Starting a journal and just taking a minute to quickly jot these things down can reinforce the thoughts.
“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habits. Talk about your joys.” – Unknown
Beginning to be grateful for where we are and what we have, the abundance of our lives, brings us more abundance. If you have read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne you most likely know the idea here. Our focus attracts more of the same. If we are continuously focused on the negative, we are simply attracting more negativity into our lives.
This is something that I say to myself every day, especially when I can feel a bit of stress or anxiety creeping in. It helps to put things into perspective.
Final thoughts…………….as with any other form of discipline; healthy eating, exercise, this takes a bit of practice and some time to develop the habit. But, give it a try. We owe it to ourselves to be happy and live with joy. Your life is abundant and full……………you just need to remember it and be grateful!