By Evan Evans - Yogi, dentist etc...
Perhaps you’ve heard the statement ‘Gratitude is the open door to abundance’. I definitely have and others like it, but what does this mean?
Basically, people who practice gratitude have trained themselves to become aware of the abundance of wonderful things in their life that they can be grateful for. The more they do this the more they enjoy life, as they’re always looking at the good that is ever present around them. The more they enjoy the successes in their life, the more successes they seem to have.
Grateful people express their thanks and appreciation to others in a heartfelt way, not just to be polite. Grateful people report fewer symptoms of discomfort and spend more time exercising. And the more a person is inclined towards gratitude, the less lonely, stressed, anxious and depressed they will be. If you possess a high level of gratitude, you often feel an emotional sense of wonder, thankfulness and appreciation for life itself.
By being grateful, what you are doing is ‘programming your brain’ to view your day more positively. You are directing mental focus on what worked well, and ignoring what didn't. Essentially you are actively creating your life, by choosing what you are focusing your energy on. Cool, huh?
Cool indeed you say, but is it really possible to express gratitude when you’re not feeling you have anything to be grateful for? And how do you increase your feelings of gratitude when nothing seems to be going right, or life presents great challenges and adversity? Yes and simple, respectively.
The answer to both questions is that to ensure it’s working when we really need it, we constantly need to practice gratitude, in good times and bad. It may be human nature to notice all that is wrong or that we lack, but if we give ourselves the chance on a regular basis to notice all of life’s gifts and blessings, we can increase our sense of well-being, and create hope and optimism for the future—no matter what is going on.
With time and steady practice, your ability to attract success and successful people into your life will grow. Before you know, you’ll be basking in the abundance you’ve always wanted (that was always there waiting for you to notice ;-)
So, here’s your homework:
- Start a journal (or practice) of listing at least three things that happened during your day that you are grateful for. Reflect on each item and just why you are grateful. Best time is before bed, to clear the mind and generate good feelings for a good sleep.
- Make an effort to truly give a heartfelt thank you to people when you thank them during your day – and do this often. Look them in the eye and feel the gratitude that you are generating and transmitting to them. Smile.
- From time to time, make a special effort to write a thank you letter or personally thank someone in a special way for making your life better. Enjoy the feeling it cultivates in you and them before, during and after!
- Pass it on. Share with others what you are doing in terms of your gratitude practice and why. The information and guidance you pass on may change the life of even one person or many, and all because you took the time to care. You will be remembered fondly, and that’s a beautiful thing.
Since practicing gratitude regularly myself, I’m convinced that it works so well that it may truly be the key to lifelong success on all levels. So, now that you know just how powerful this attitude is, what are you grateful for?