“A very small percentage of the people in this world will actually experience and live today. So many people will be stuck on another day, another time that traumatized them and caused them to spiritually stutter so they miss out on this day.” ― Steve Maraboli
Often we pray for the things that we want but forget to thank the universe when they are manifested. Considered healthiest of all human emotions, gratitude has the power to transform lives. It is by far the best practise to live a happy,content and fulfilled life.
How can we practise gratitude and make it a part of our very existance?
Following are 8 ways that have worked wonders for me and can help you live a life full of gratitude.
1. Become fully aware :
Notice everything you can be grateful for. This will help you to discover new things constantly and feel gratitude for the little things that we all overlook on a daily basis.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love — then make that day count!” ― Steve Maraboli
2. Keeping a Gratitude Journal :
The more you focus on the things you are grateful for, the longer you spend in the non-resistant vibration that creates worlds and the easier you attract more new things to be grateful for. This is the Law Of Attraction at work for you.
3. Make it Sustainable :
Don’t make things complicated, get into a gratitude practice that is easy and sustainable. Find the best time that works for you to write down and go over the things you are grateful for. Mornings works really good as it gets you on to a great start for the day.
I personally go through my list in the morning right before meditation. I also have a location that I use as a trigger to remind me to go over my gratitude list when I drive to and from work every day. This is when I turn the music off and speak out loud the things I’m grateful for. It helps me not only to go through the list in my mind but I also get to hear it.
4. Turn it into a Game and have Fun with it :
Every evening you and your partner can play a game where you both write 10 things that happened during the day that you are grateful for. This will set an amazing tone for your evening and will make you aware of what the present moment has to offer. You can also do the same with your kids. Not only will this change your perception about situations and circumstances but you will constantly be on the lookout for things to be grateful about.
5. Practice gratitude for the present moment :
Everything that is happening is taking place in the now, not in the past, nor in the future. Being grateful for this very moment and all that it has to offer can really shift your perspective. If you are new to the principle, I highly recommend reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. It has been translated into over 30 foreign languages and has touched 2 million lives worldwide.
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance”. – Eckhart Tolle
6. Volunteer :
Get involved with a charity or a cause that is close to your heart. Be of service to others who are not as fortunate as yourself. When you come in contact with these people, you’ll become so much more appreciative of what you have in your own life, all those blessings that you do not think about.
“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~William Penn
7. Appreciate others :
Be vocal about your appreciation for others. There are a lot of times when we presume the others would know that we are appreciative but it is better expressed than not. Just think of all the times when you did receive a compliment, recognition or appreciation from someone, how good did it make you feel. Well it is your opportunity to make someone else feel those feelings, do not miss these opportunities. People will forget your name and other details but will never forget how you made them feel.
8. Pay attention to your attention
There is an old saying “Think twice before you criticize”. Let us take it to another level. Every time you are about to criticize, stop and think about two things you are grateful for. If you complain about what you do not have, you will get more to complain about. When you focus on all that you are grateful for, you will get more to be grateful for. It is simple physics at work. Energy flows where attention goes.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey
Being grateful would not finish all your problems but it would definitely change your perspective about those challenges. Every situation is neutral, it is you who assign a positive or a negative meaning to it. When you live a life full of gratitude you start assigning a positive meaning to even some of the most difficult situations you face and that changes your entire experience on this journey called LIFE.