A little thanks goes a long way.
More often than not we are so preoccupied with what we lack, want, need or "deserve" instead of appreciating the many blessings we're given every day. Many times we sit and dwell, we use up & send out so much of our energy on these negative thoughts and get stuck on the "poor me" mentality, that we actually attract negativity into our lives. If we shift our mentality and focus on what we already possess, our energy will change and therefore attract what we truly need & deserve. Easier said then done, huh? A simple yet powerful way to shift is to be thankful, to give thanks to God, the Divine, Universe, whatever higher force you believe in. You may already say a prayer before you eat or before you sleep. So then give thanks for what more? Well I say give thanks for Everything! I really mean everything & everyone, the simplest things we take for granted in our daily lives. In the morning when you first wake up, before you get out of bed say "Thank You" for another day, waking up, having a bed to rest in! As you continue your morning and throughout the day be thankful for clean running water, the clothes you wear, your spouse, children, family, pets, your home, your vehicle/transportation, the food you consume, your job, friends, simply breathing, feeling, seeing. The more things you give thanks for, the more things you'll find to be grateful for! You'd be surprised how many people lack what we take for granted.
Saying "thank you" to others is like a smile, it can have a big impact. You don't need a "special" reason to appreciate kindness or someone's effort. Thank your children for picking up after themselves, a co-worker for a job well done, a friend just for being that, your spouse for cooking dinner/fixing something. Although these may be things that "should" be done, a sincere heartfelt "thank you" like a smile, can make a huge difference and turn someone's day around.
How does something so simple as gratefulness make such an impact in ones life? It's simple thoughts of gratitude vibrate at a higher level and so having such thoughts will help you to attract higher vibrational responses from others (and the Universe). Physics would explain as classic Newtonian physics… it’s the principle of action and reaction. Wallace D. Wattles dedicated a whole chapter on gratitude in his book The Science of Getting Rich in it he wrote that gratitude “brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the universe.” He added that reaching your mind out to the creative substance of the Universe with gratitude causes a reaction of instantaneous movement back towards you. Then he used a biblical reference to confirm his point, saying that it is a psychological truth as well: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8). Whether you take the religious or scientific approach they are both correct and you will see results.
Here are some simple ways you can express gratitude daily:
- Thank out-loud-- Expressing gratitude to others
- Writing in a gratitude journal, engage in art or photography, or write a letter of gratitude to someone.
- Practice a morning gratitude ritual—As I mentioned start the day with a grateful heart by expressing gratitude for all the positive aspects of your life.
- Cultivate optimism—Consciously seek to find the "bright side" or the "silver lining." Believe that you can accomplish your goals, it"s true that optimists live longer.
- Increase awareness -- “because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Wallace D. Wattles. Although you might rage against things that dissatisfy you, such as corrupt politicians, the wrong actions of industrial magnates, and those that have wronged you, you should realize that they, too, have helped create opportunity for you.
- Celebrate releasing—Release everything "unessential" in life, such as excess activities, possessions, suppressed feelings, grudges and unmade decisions. These only hold you back and weigh you down spiritually.
- Avoid over-thinking—Reduce the amount of time you spend thinking too much or needlessly, passively, endlessly, and excessively pondering the meanings, causes, what-ifs and the consequences of your character, feelings, and problems.
THANK YOU for taking the time to read this!