“Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as the smooth sailing. What is the lesson or gift in what you are experiencing right now? Find your joy not in what’s missing in your life but in how you can serve.” – Wayne Dyer
What is gratitude? As the dictionary states, it is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return the kindness.
I”ve heard gratitude expressed as the feeling you get when you receive something. It is because you have given thanks. Why do we give thanks? Because we have received something we are grateful for. Gratitude is a fantastic way of being in receive mode.
Gratitude also puts your minds in a state. A state that changes how we think. Gratitude sets our focus. I remember back in the day when I was younger and I would get in a fight with my siblings. We would all have a time out and then upon coming out of time out we would be told we needed to give our siblings 5 things we like about them or are thankful for about them.
Gratitude puts the focus on what we like about someone, it changes how we see that person which then changes how we feel about that person. In the heat of a fight with your siblings, you might still not feel like your thankful for them. Feelings are fleeting and when we direct our thoughts we can essentially change how we look at things
Wayne Dyer once said “Change The Way You Look At Things And The Things You Look At Change”
What happens in the wake of gratitude is you being to attract more of that in your life that you are grateful for. In turn, gratitude repairs relationships, overcome depression and is a coping mechanism for negative thoughts.
How does someone actually begin to have gratitude? You start with searching your mind and heart to find something your thankful for. It can be anything from something large like your home that you live in, to something small like a mole on your chin or a picture of someone in your life.
When you find out what those things are that you’re thankful for you, you’ll want to then begin to feel what it feels like to have received those things in your life. It can start with a small thought. A small feeling. But as you begin to focus on it. You’ll begin to grow the thought that you’ve created about it. Eventually, as you think on things you’re thankful for you’ll begin to feel what gratitude feels like.
The same idea applies when wanting to get out of depression. Focus on one thing that you’r thankful for and begin to watch as your mind transforms. Anything that you get hit with a wave of negativity in your mind, stop. Then immediately think about something your thankful for and begin to dwell on that.
The best time to do a gratitude exercise is when you wake up and just before you goto sleep. If you start your day with the right mindset it will cascade into a great day. When you end your day with thankfulness you subconscious will reflect on that all night as you sleep and you’ll begin to change for the better from the inside out.
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