Success & Happiness Series #4 – Gratitude Attitude

“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It’s good spirituality.” ~ Alfred Painter

Gratitude positively affects a person’s sense of well being. People practicing daily gratitude exercises reportedly have higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, energy and optimism. People are less stressed, less depressed, more inclined to “pay it forward,” and find increased interest in fitness, healthy eating, and progress toward personal goals. There is no quicker route to health, wealth, and abundance than gratitude.

Here are 7 ways to practice more gratitude:

    • Say thank you for your breath as you transition from sleep to consciousness for 5 minutes before your feet hit the floor each day.
    • Stop and really look at your food before you eat it. Notice the way it smells and think about all the people it took to get that food on your plate.
    • Look into your pets’ eyes as you pet them. Show them you are grateful for their furry spirit and unconditional love.
    • Connect with your family and friends. Be present. Time is precious; we never know when it will be our last time to dance, play, sing, laugh, and share a meal.
    • Appreciate your sacred living space by keeping it clean. Be grateful you have a home and show gratitude by keeping it tidy and clean.
    • Bless your body. Tune-in while in the shower. Take a few deep breaths and exhale slowly, giving thanks for your health and vitality.
    • Connect with spirit. Each day reflect on the fact that a power greater than you exists and is working through you, as you. That’s something to be grateful for!

Writing a quick “Thank You” to the Universe/God/Spirit validates that all is good right now. It shifts us from future focused to present focused (see # 2). When we give thanks for our gifts, whether it’s a smile from a stranger or a big ol’ diamond ring, we invite more goodness into our lives.

What are you grateful for today?

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