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An Attitude of Gratitude

beautyPeople who count their blessing daily are more peaceful, content and happy.  They feel more secure and seem to allow the stress of the day to fall by the wayside.  How do they do it? They cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Cultivating gratitude is about slowing down, bringing ourselves back to the present moment and appreciating the day’s gifts. Too often we find ourselves focusing on what is missing in our lives-directing our attention on things that we want but don’t have. Pay attention to the conversations you hear today-we are constantly talking about wanting something new, different or better than what we already have. This constant desire creates dissatisfaction, discontentment and steals time and energy from your day. It keeps us focused on the future and not enjoying the gift of the present. Counting your blessings is about focusing on what you have, instead of focusing on what you want. It is about focusing on what you are grateful for and appreciate in your life today.

Below are 5 Ways to Count Your Blessings:

  1. Keep a daily gratitude journal.  Dedicate a journal specifically for gratitude. Take at least ten minutes a day to write about the things you are grateful for.  Start with the basics and write down the things you may take for granted; electricity, an internet connection, your car, job or a roof over your head.  You can write about something that happened during the day that made your day easier or someone who made a difference in your life today. When you stop focusing on what you don’t have and start focusing on what you do have, you will immediately feel more peaceful.
  2. Make a “Thanks-Giving Tree” at home or work.  We did this in my Chiropractic office each year and we do it at home and it is always a big hit. This can be done any time of year, not just at Thanksgiving time. Get some brown poster board and cut out a picture of a tree with branches, but without leaves on it.  Cut out some good size green or fall colored leaves and place them in a bowl near the tree.  Leave some tape and a pen near the bowl.  Ask your family or co-workers to write down what they are thankful for each day or a few times per week and tape it onto the tree. This can be an act of kindness, a chore that someone did for you, a compliment that made you feel good or some words of encouragement that was given.  This is surely a great way to get everyone in your co-workers and family involved in counting their blessings.
  3. Write Thank You notes.  In my eMerge coaching business, we believe gratitude should always come first.  At every class taught and every seminar given we hand out Thank You notes.  We encourage each participant to fill out at least three notes per day while in attendance. When filling out the review at the end of class we get so many positive comments on the attitude of gratitude they adopt with the use of the Thank You notes. Writing hand written Thank You notes may take some time -but they are a wonderful way to count your blessings.
  4. Speak up and tell people that you appreciate them.  There is a quote I love by William Arthur Ward that reads: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Everyone wants to be recognized and appreciated.  It doesn’t take more than a moment to say Thank You or to tell someone you appreciate them.  Make a habit of speaking up whenever you appreciate something that someone has done for you and you will find many opportunities to count your blessings.
  5. The Three-Minute Advancement Routine.  In my book Are You in Your Driver’s Seat? I teach people a morning start up routine that sets their intention for the day.  It is comprised of three areas: Body, Mind and Spirit.  We ask that they say three affirmations for each section and then state what they are grateful for after saying the three affirmations.  Here are some examples that you can use to start your day: Body-“All my cells are healthy.”, “I listen to all my body’s messages.”, “I am grateful that my body has the ability to heal itself.” Mind-“I am learning to trust the process of life”, “I am releasing my need to control my life because of fear.”, “I am grateful the ability to quiet my mind.”  Spirit-“I trust and follow my inner guidance.”, “Everything I need to know is revealed tome.”, “I am grateful for the signs, opportunities and synchronicities that show up in my life.” Doing this simple exercise at the beginning and end of each day will keep you in the habit of counting your blessings.

 

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