Gratitude is the #1 – and most readily available – ingredient in the recipe for Success! It is the biggest investment we can make in hoping to reap the dividends of life!
If you can think, speak or write – you can be grateful! Gratitude is like the baking powder in most baking recipes. It is the easiest and best way to make any form of bread, pastry or dessert rise and EXPAND and become bigger than its original size. Hence, gratitude in its purest form – being truly thankful for the things that already exist in our lives – even if it’s the last dollar we have – is the most effective ingredient in the recipe for expansion of our success!
If we have a job; appreciate it even more for all those right now looking for work.
If we have our health; rejoice in it for all those who do not.
If we have food on the table each day; give thanks before we eat it and remember all those who are hungry.
If we have a friend, tell them regularly how grateful we are that they are in our lives – for all of the people who are alone in this world.
My father used to say to me, “when you feel down, never look up – look down. There is surely someone who has less than you and would be glad to be in your shoes.”
There are many activities we can do today to help us to feel more grateful about our lives; and you know the wonderful thing about being grateful? It helps us to feel so much better about our lives and often can lift us out of our blue mood – and this expansion of feeling and vibrational energy – not action – is what attracts more and more wonderful things. Like attracts like. When we send out gratitude vibrations, there is an energy that vibrates at a level that automatically brings more things for which to be grateful.
What are some Gratitude Attitude Activities?
I saw this on the Facebook page “Feel Good” and thought it was a wonderful idea:
#2. Gratitude Journal: Each day in your journal or you can purchase “Simple Abundance Gratitude Journal” by Sara Ban Breathnach which actually has each day already prepared for you to write the top 5 things for which you are grateful. If not, then grab a piece of paper and begin writing today either when you wake up or when you go to bed about the 5 things you are grateful for that day. Sara’s website: http://www.simpleabundance.com/gratitude_journal.html
3. Gratitude Affirmations: These are from my Blog # 3 “Gratitude Brings Changes in Attitude” for more reflection and information about gratitude.
Some simple gratitude affirmations are:
I am thankful for being me.
I am thankful for my loving pets.
I am thankful for the abundance I already have in my life.
I am thankful for the meal I had tonight.a
I am grateful for the job I have.
One thing that is very important if we are attempting to manifest new or better things in our lives, in terms of love, friendships, places to live, a car, or just about anything we desire, we must never grumble or be negative about what we already have.
A sure way to make sure that the Universe never provides us with a new car is to grumble about the one we have or complain about the home we have now, if we are searching for a new place to live. We must find the beauty in what we possess now and begin to sit calmly in that attitude of gratitude.
Gratitude is the one ingredient, if you decide to include it in your recipe for life and success, that requires you to really not do much else in terms of action in your life to bring about change. If you begin to express gratitude and an opportunity comes your way, by all means, take action. However, one does not need to strive, force or plow one’s way to success. Gratitude, just like baking powder, will cause the expansion of what we already have to rise and become something bigger and grander!
4. Looking for Beauty: Today, either while you drive to work, at work or in your home or community, make it your mission to look around and see the beauty in something and take a minute to be thankful for it. It may be the beauty in the sunrise, a picture, a poster, a person, yourself in the mirror, a mother holding the hand of a child, or a flock of birds overhead. Then make it a daily habit to see as much beauty in the world as possible. Elizabeth Taylor‘s mother, while she was pregnant with Elizabeth made a habit of looking at beautiful things each and every day and often would gaze at lavender Violas and always claimed that was why Elizabeth was born with eyes the colour of lavender (bluish purple).
5. Watch Gratitude Videos: There are many gratitude videos on the internet – while some include affirmations of being grateful and then include manifesting statements, I chose one that simply had reminders of why it is important to be grateful in our lives – even in the times of setbacks. It is easy to be grateful when things are good and when we are manifesting what we desire – true growth in life, however, requires us to feel this way even when nothing seems to be happening. Maintaining gratitude will help us to sustain our faith in these times.
6. Reflection: At the end of each day, while you lay in bed, reflect on and choose ONE thing that you are most thankful for during the day and say “thank you, thank you, thank you” before you close your eyes for that ONE thing. You will most likely awaken to a new day with many more things for which to be thankful. How? Because the Universe hears your gratitude and responds by expanding it while you sleep!
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