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Gratitude is a Powerful Practice

By: Gloria Marie

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Gratitude is a powerful practice. It can affect you both physically and spiritually. Research shows that gratitude lowers blood pressure, helps your immune function and helps with cardiac health. Spiritually studies show that it improves happiness and well-being. Even you are going through a difficult time, there is always something to be grateful for. Did you have clean water to drink today? You woke up today. A lot of people might have had been plans today, but, never woke up.

Gratitude can open doors for more grace to enter your life. It helps align your thoughts with what you want to enter your life. We usually know what we ought to do, but, never actually wind up doing it. You can make a decision to have a daily practice of gratitude. It will help your thoughts stay positive. Negative thoughts are like velcro, they stick with us. Positive thoughts are like Teflon, they are non-stick. Let’s start today to make an effort to increase those positive thoughts.

This video describes five different ways.

1. Gratitude first thing in the morning. Keep a note on your mirror to remind you.
2. If in a difficult situation, look for the blessing or gift that situation brought you.
3. Write a gratitude letter.
4. Make a gratitude visit to someone.
5. If you received a gift you loved, pay it forward and buy it for someone else.

Think of your mind as a garden. We want beautiful flowers to grow in our garden, not weeds. Gratitude will help you grow those flowers. This week make a commitment to incorporate just one of these five suggestions and see how you feel.  Or you may have your own special ideas. I would love to hear about them and share them.

Wishing you many Blessings this week.

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