The Importance of Gratitude

“I have noticed that the universe loves gratitude.  The more grateful you are, the more goodies you get.”  – Louise L. Hay

People who make a habit of noticing and being grateful for the positive things in their life are generally happier than those who don’t.  They are usually more compassionate and kind, feel more positive emotions and think more positive thoughts, and even have a stronger immune system.  Living a life of gratitude raises your vibration and the positivity you exude makes other people take notice and want to be around you.

There are some simple ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily life, and with regular practice you will find yourself living a life of gratitude.

  • Start each day with the intention of appreciating all that there is to be grateful for.
  • Keep a gratitude journal.  Each night before bed, write down at least 5 things that you are grateful for.  It can be anything in the world that you appreciate and the list is endless.  Reread each statement three times and really feel the gratitude.
  • Practice mindfulness.  Breathe.  Use all of your senses.  Be in the moment and you will notice all the things around you to be grateful for.
  • Turn a negative thought into a positive thought.  If you find yourself thinking about something in a negative way, recognize something positive about the situation and focus on that.
  • Say thank you and be sincere.  Expressing gratitude out loud is a very powerful thing.
  • Share what you are grateful for.  Make gratitude a part of your vocabulary.  If you are interested in sharing what you are grateful for, there are a number of websites and apps for people to publicly affirm what they are grateful for.  Looking at what other people are grateful for can put your own life into perspective and help you see what is positive in your life that you might be taking for granted.  You can also post what you are grateful for on the Advanced Nutrition and Energetics Facebook page.

“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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