Gratitude has to power to transform your life. It has the ability dissolves difficulties, ease pain and free you from suffering. Gratitude is powerful tool that, when used daily, can align you with the highest frequency of all, the frequency of love.
“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.”
~ Rhonda Byrne ~
Research has shown that gratitude is good for you; psychologically, physically, and relationally. Studies show that gratitude can improve your quality of sleep, reduce lifetime risks of anxiety, depression and substance abuse, increase your experience of joy and love and improve your relationships.
There are many ways that you can bring gratitude into your life and into your daily routine.
I recommend finding 2-3 gratitude practices that you can begin to bring into your daily routine.
As the magic of gratitude begins to flow through your life, it will bring you an abundance of blessings and joy.
Gratitude is the key that unlocks love and happiness in our lives.
Here are three of my favorite ways to make gratitude a part of my daily practice.
These practices are snippets drawn from The Magic of Gratitude.
1. There is a brief moment each morning, a moment so small that it goes unnoticed to most, yet it is arguably the most powerful moment of ones day as sets the tone and course of how the rest of the day will unfold. I like to use this magic moment to begin my day with a grateful heart. Each morning, before my eyes open to the light of the new day, I say the following phrase; “I am so blessed and grateful for this day.” That's it. It really is that simple.
2. Each morning I write down ten things that I am grateful for in my gratitude journal. This is also a powerful practice for shifting my energy when I'm feeling down on myself or my life.
“I am so blessed and grateful for _______________ because _______________.”
When you bring your attention to WHY you are grateful for a particular thing you deepen your connection with the feeling of gratitude.
"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has."
Some studies report that five minutes of daily gratitude journaling can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10% and increase optimism by up to 15%. A daily gratitude practice may also reduce materialism.
3. Each night my partner and I take turns sharing gratitude. We use the following formula to share.
While one person is speaking the other is practicing active listening, listening attentively without interrupting.
Five things that he/she is grateful for that happened during that day.
Think if this as a gratitude highlight reel. This encourages you to look back over the events of your day and seek-out five golden nuggets to appreciate.
Three things you appreciate about the other.
Gratitude strengthens relationships. When you appreciate your partner you help them to feel good about who they are and what they do. It is also nice to hear the things that your partner appreciates about you- things you might not have otherwise seen in yourself. This simple act of appreciating one another is often overlooked in relationships. Showing your appreciation can help reduce stress and tension between partners while creating a loving bond.
Two things that you appreciate about yourself.
This is often the hardest of them all. Practicing self-appreciation strengthens your self-esteem and sense of worth. It is an opportunity to seek-out the greatness in yourself and recognize and honor it, not only to yourself, but to another being.
“Love and gratitude are powerful tools that can undo negative thoughts and beliefs that have manifested in your life.” ~ Unknown
I encourage you to invite your friends, family and loved ones to join you in your daily gratitude practice, as this will help to keep the momentum of the magic going in your life. When we share our experiences with others it not only helps to keep us accountable but it strengths our connection with those we share the experiences with as well.
For more gratitude practices and inspiration check out my new book The Magic of Gratitude:
35 gratitude practices designed to raise your vibration.
Originally posted www.MelindaQuesenberry.com
Written by Melinda Quesenberry