Thanksgiving may be over but don’t let it stop the flow of gratitude!
It’s nice to focus on gratitude during what is a happy holiday season for many people around the world, but gratitude should never be limited to special days and celebrations.
Gratitude is one of the most crucial aspects of manifestation.
A really essential part of what makes the difference between just thinking about the life you want, and actually living it.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, maybe you even hate hearing it – but gratitude really does have endless benefits on your quality of life.
Cultivating gratitude is free, can be done in minutes and can literally change your reality. Even so, it’s easy to overlook gratitude as a tool.
Maybe you’re one of those people who thinks about keeping a gratitude journal, but never actually does.
Or maybe you started with the best of intentions, but then stopped – life just gets in the way, doesn’t it?
Whatever your reasons are for not working gratitude into your daily life (and you’re not alone), I’m here to show you HOW to practice gratitude all the time, with very little effort!
One of the most important things that should be clarified right away is this:
There is a difference between being grateful for things in your life, and being satisfied.
You can be grateful for the roof over your head, the food on your table, your health, your loved ones, your job etc. And you still want MORE. I watched.
There is a big difference between recognizing your blessings, and not feeling as if you wish for more.
I think a lot of people get confused with this.
“Will the Universe decide that I am all set and never give me more in my life if I say I am grateful for what I have?”
No! You can be grateful, and still wish to align with more and more abundance, happiness, peace, health, and happiness.
Ok, let’s dive into some easy ways to practice gratitude every day.
1. Start each day with the high energy of gratitude.
If you start your morning at this frequency, you are planning the rest of your day well.
All you have to do is practice making gratitude your first thought when you wake up.
Find at least one thing to be grateful for as you begin your morning routine, whether it’s the person next to you, your children, your pets, the sun shining – just another day!
Find one thing and practice doing it every morning.
Focusing your mind in this way is a muscle, after a while, you will come back to it automatically.
2. Say Thank You internally throughout the day.
Say it all day long, to everyone and everything on your mind. It may seem crazy, but this is based on the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono – an energy clearing technique that cleans and releases situations from negativity.
You don’t even have to know exactly what you’re saying thank you for, just say it.
Say it while standing in the check-out line at the grocery store, or when you’re stuck in traffic.
Send it to all situations and to everyone and everything you encounter.
If you forget, don’t worry, as soon as you remember, start again.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
You will literally begin to emit the energetic vibration of gratitude when you do this.
3. Be grateful for specific things.
When taking stock of what you are grateful for, try to get really specific.
It helps to highlight the details of our lives, rather than making big, vague statements that don’t touch our heart and soul.
So, instead of just saying, “I’m thankful for my dog.”
Say, “I’m grateful for the sweet and loyal way my dog greets me every time I come home. I love his furry feet and big brown eyes.”
Don’t say, “I’m thankful for my family.”
Say, “I am grateful for my children and their happiness and creativity.
For the way they wake me up in the morning, and the sweet things they tell me about their day.”
The bonus here is that as you look for specifics, your gratitude expands!
4. Ask other people what they are thankful for.
This is a great way to bring gratitude into your conversations with others as well.
You can ask people to tell you what was the highlight of their day.
What do they value specifically?
It helps to connect with those you are talking to and gets everyone to focus on a higher frequency emotion.
Start tonight at your dinner table, or tomorrow at breakfast, or in the coffee room at work.
5. Practice meaningful interactions with everyone.
It is so easy for us to just steam through life on autopilot.
How many times have you said thank you to the barista who hands you your coffee, or the cashier who hands you a receipt without actually making eye contact?
Think about it.
It’s a few seconds of your life, and you can connect with another human being and transfer positive energy to them.
Try to say thank you and mean it in a sincere way the next time you have an interaction.
Make it almost uncomfortable! Make gratitude fashionable!
Finally, remember that YOU have the power to automatically change your frequency by practicing gratitude.
You can literally increase your positive experiences by being grateful every day.
When you focus on your dreams and not your frustrations, you are magnetizing positivity into your life.
When you realize that energy is actually part of the physical Universe and that thoughts and feelings really do manifest things to you – I’m sure you won’t have time to forget to be grateful!
In fact, you’ll make it a priority.
I leave you with this affirmation as a conclusion.
My grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.
Thanks for reading.