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10 Ways to Practice Gratitude

By: Gloria Marie

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With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I thought a blog about gratitude would be appropriate. I believe that gratitude is an important component to manifesting your dreams and desires. Gratitude connects you to your true power. It gets you to expect the best and you will get the best! This week try a few of these 10  ways to practice gratitude. I also encourage you to watch the six minute film, “Gratitude.” The link is at the end of this blog.

I have kept a gratitude journal for over ten years. But, I must admit, I am not consistent writing in it. I keep it by my bedside and try to write three things that I am grateful for at the end of the day. Looking back over what I wrote is very heart warming. There are many, many memories. This month though, I wanted to go deeper in my gratitude practice and this is what I came up with.

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude

1. Write down three things you are grateful for and try to do this every day. When I have a disappointing or stressful day, it is amazing when I reflect on the great things or people in my day, it is an automatic attitude changer.
2. Think of a difficult situation or event that happened in your life and spend some journaling about “What was the Blessing” from that situation.
3. Write a gratitude letter to someone that helped make a difference in your life. Here is the link for the blog I wrote about gratitude letters.
4. Make a gratitude visit. Is there someone you could visit that you really appreciate and want to let them know?
5. Before meals, spend a few moments in prayer and silence giving thanks for the food you are about to eat.
6. Think of a gift you received from someone and probably how great it
made you feel. Can you pay it forward and do something for someone that is totally unexpected?
7. Think of a family member that you would like to acknowledge and thank. Give them a call. Usually, we forget to be grateful for those closest to us.
8. Stop at some point in your day and take a few deep breaths. Focus on the word “grateful” as you breathe in and out.
9. Write an affirmation. Start the sentence, “Today I am grateful for ________________.”
10. Write a check to an organization that you appreciate. It does not matter the amount. Even a $10 check is fine.

I would like to close with the beautiful film titled “Gratitude.” It was done by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg. It is narrated by Brother David Steindl-Rast. It is only six minutes long and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Link for Gratitude film on YouTube

Writing a Gratitude Letter

By: Gloria Marie

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There have been many scientific studies on the benefits of leading a grateful life. Some of the benefits include: increased feelings of energy, alertness and enthusiasm, better coping with stress, greater sense of purpose, and improved cardiac health. Gratitude journals have been popular since the 1990’s. I have kept one for many years. But, how about writing a gratitude letter to someone?

“Our minds are Velcro for negative information but Teflon for positive.”
-Rick Hanson, neuroscientist

That is a very profound statement. The good news is that we can increase our positive thoughts and train our sub-conscious mind to become more positive. Why not try to reverse that statement and make our minds Velcro for positive thoughts? It requires some discipline on your part, but, it can be done.

If you are already writing in your gratitude journal, let’s take it up a notch and write a gratitude letter to someone this week. Abraham Maslow, a humanistic psychologist, believed in the importance of gratitude. He believed it was imperative to count your blessings and offered the following practice for this.

One method is to imagine that someone you care about might die-or will die-soon. Think as vividly as you can how would you feel, what you would truly lose, an about how you would be sorry. Would you have any regret or remorse? How would you conduct an effective goodbye to avoid later feeling a send of gnawing incompleteness? And, how would you best preserve your fullest memory of this person?”

This may seem depressing, but, give it a try. It may help you focus on whom you would like to write your gratitude letter. Dig deep. Is it someone from your childhood? Or someone that helped you get your first job? Or maybe a parent or other close relative?

This week “count your blessings” by writing a gratitude letter. If possible, deliver it in person. This is a very powerful exercise. Let’s go for the Velcro!

Practice The Law of Gratitude

By: Gloria Marie

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If you want one practice that you do on a daily basis, gratitude is it! Gratitude connects us to God and the amazing powers of the Universe. Think of it like a thread that keeps you attached to God and your Inner Self. You can remain in a state of gratitude to ensure the thread stays unbroken. Let your thread be strong and constant. The Law of Gratitude is is a powerful practice for manifestation.

If you fix on the best, you will be surrounded by the best and receive the best. Gratitude lets abundance flow. No matter what your circumstances are, there is something you are grateful for today. Did you have water to drink? Were you able to eat a meal today? And to take it a step further, did you wake up today? That in and of itself is a major cause for a celebration of gratitude. What was your mood like when you woke up? Normally, my feet do not touch the floor without thanking God for the gift of another day.

Dissatisfaction = Disconnect

The equation is really that simple. When you are dissatisfied you have cut yourself off from God and from the flow of abundance from the Universe. Try today giving thanks continually. See if you feel differently at the end of the day.

Deepak Chopra says, “Gratitude is like a flash light in a dark forest”. It will get you in touch with your higher self and help you see through the darkness.

I have done blogs on Gratitude Journals, which I believe are wonderful. Today though try this exercise. Find a quiet place to sit. Take some deep breaths. Think of five people, events or places that fill your heart with a sense of gratitude. Try to get out of your head and into your heart. Write these five things down and next time you feel fear or are dissatisfied, read them and get in touch with the warm, wonderful feeling of gratitude in your heart.