Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude!

Let’s talk about gratitude and why it has literally transformed the way I think on a day to day basis.

Taken from Proctor Gallagher-an all time favourite life coach of mine!

One of the first steps in successfully changing old habits is to first, change your perspective! Without changing your perspective on how you view YOUR life, you will always be tied to negative thoughts and consequently negative outcomes.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs, there are no quick fixes. In order to gain change, you have to be dedicated to a few (permanent) self-love practices. I have to really emphasis the importance of my choice of word-permanent. If you start and stop, whichever practices work best for you, you will find consequently your mental health fluctuating too.

A great place to start!

I mentioned a favourite author of mine-Rhonda Byrne-before in ‘The Power of Reading’. Her book ‘The Secret’, was where my journey began in taking back some of my power. Bearing in mind I was at all my all time lowest, after losing my father to Covid, this book was an inspiration. Regardless of whether you believe in The Law of Attraction or not is irrelevant, the daily guidance given in this book, for me, is second to none in helping to change your mental attitude.

To summarise her theories in her book – The Law of Attraction means like attracts like. But, one of fundamental daily habits, which underpin everything in this book, is GRATITUDE! Believe it or not, this daily practice was adopted and maintained by some of the most historical intellectual thinkers and scientists. For example, Isaac Newton! If you research and trace back the origins of gratitude, you will find it not only in ALL religious texts but also has been something implemented by some of the MOST successful people in world-past and present.

No matter your situation, there is always something to be grateful for. Even if it is simply for giving thanks for being alive. I mean, ultimately, you have more chance statistically of winning the lottery multiple times than being born into this world. What a miracle! There are many ways in which you can adopt this daily habit. I’ve tried a few, some are much more laborious than others. Any habit you start, which has the aim of taking back power, must NOT be laborious. It should be something that you look forward to doing. So, with that in mind, I am going to share with you how I practise gratitude daily.

3 Things!

1) Think of 3 things daily you are grateful for!

I prefer to write down my thoughts. But, I know of others, who have far more hectic lives than me; they will find time during their busy day to simply think of things they are grateful for.

This is the journal I use to for my gratitude practice.

I find giving my gratitude practice it’s own special place, gives it more importance. You can pick up some really lovely little journals for a few pounds on Amazon. Here’s the link to the one I purchased!

2) Once you’ve decided how you are going to acknowledge the three things you are grateful for, the next step is structuring it. So I thought it best if I show you.

You want to really feel the benefits of this daily practice instantly. So a powerfully sentence starter that I use is this; you will find others to use with a bit of Googling. Pick one that speaks to you.
Once you’ve chosen your sentence starter, think of the first thing you are grateful for that pops into your head. If you are struggling, which some days, I do. Then keep it as basic as the food you eat, for waking up today or the clean water you drink.

3) Once you’ve thought of something you are grateful for, you are going to really give it a power boost by affirming WHY you are grateful for it!

Continue your sentence with ‘because’. This was something that Isaac Newton himself introduced. Before he got out of bed everyday, this was something he made time for. Not only did he give thanks, but he also acknowledged the impact the thing he was giving thanks for has had on his life.

4) Repeat this process two more times. Remember it is fine if you don’t want to write them down. Isaac Newton used to just say them in his head, while getting ready in the mornings.

These are the things I am grateful for today. They can be things that have specifically happened that day or if you find yourself repeating a few over time then that is fine too.

5) Once you have completed the three things you are grateful for, I like to add an extra dose of power to this practice. I end it by either writing or saying ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you!’ This gives you an opportunity to really feel the gratitude and mean it.

This step I find really crucial in helping me to really feel the gratitude in my heart.

This simple practice is something you can implement now! It is a real feel good practice, it is also a practice that, for me, gives instant benefits. I’m now on my second journal, there is something really powerful in fanning through the previous pages of all the things I am grateful for.

I really hope this is something that will help give you a little bit of positivity in the day. Please feel free to comment on blog below, it would be fantastic to see what you are all grateful for too.

“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

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