Do you have a gratitude journal? If not, start one and get with the program! Here’s why.
Practicing an Attitude of Gratitude
I’ve had a gratitude journal for years and I always recommend this practice to my clients. I am a strong believer in gratitude and all that it generates. It definitely sets my day up in a positive light and it puts me in a new frame of mind. Also, my clients have reported similar feedback about expressing gratitude daily. Having a gratitude journal is beneficial for success because gratitude can so easily shift your mindset and raises your energetic vibration.
When you are grateful or in a state of appreciation, you are acknowledging the goodness within your life. Therefore, you open yourself to more of that feeling. Also, you open yourself up to attract similar emotions or similar states of being. Like attracts like. Then as your energetic vibration attracts more of these similar experiences you open the vortex of experiences that are on the same wavelength. When you are in a funk or negative mood, things seem to go down hill fast. This is because the same principle is functioning – like attracts like.
Therefore, if you are in a funky mood, or down and out, the quickest way to bring you back to feeling good is by expressing gratitude for what is already in your life.
I encourage my clients to continue to keep a gratitude journal because this is part of continued self-improvement. Also, it adds perspective to how you are already thankful or happy for all you have. It is easy to forget all the awesomeness in your life if your focus is on something distracting or negative. But bringing yourself back to the place of gratitude is a way to find your center. Gratitude is a great way to step back and appreciate all you have in order to grow as a person.
As an added note, I would recommend the Happier app which is completely free and helps with remembering to log things of appreciation and gratitude. Personally, keep multiple gratitude journals to stay aligned but I find reflecting via my phone in this manner gets it done even when I don’t have a notebook.
Also, one client told me that she pasted notes of gratitude all over her house so that when she would see them she would instantly smile, give thanks, express her gratitude, and move on with her day. This is how she shifted her energy to stay in alignment with feeling good.
Here are a few tips and questions to get you started thinking about gratitude and to practice gratitude right now. Ultimately, the focus is on feeling good so start with gratitude and see where that takes you. There is no limit to your joy!
What are you grateful for or appreciative of? Someone? Something? An experience?
What makes you smile?
Take yourself to a place, situation, moment or experience which you enjoyed. Bring that moment into your present. Remember how it felt and feel that now.
Think about something you are looking forward to and show gratitude or appreciation that this experience is coming into your life.
Think about something that makes you happy and are grateful for and focus on that.
Show appreciation for the little things in life. What brings you joy?
Say thank you to someone who helped you. Or, perform a random act of kindness and express gratitude for that.
Try some of these and share your experiences. How does your gratitude practice shift your energy and how you feel?
Also, if you have an active gratitude practice and would love to share what you are doing, please feel free to post in the comments below.
In love and light,
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