It is pretty amazing how feeling grateful changes your attitude and even how you feel physically. Here’s how to be more grateful and make gratitude work for you!
How grateful are you for the things in your life: your health, relationships, air that you breathe? It is easy to take these everyday–yet hugely important–things for granted. Even easier to take the littler things for granted.
I just finished reading The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, follow up to her super popular The Secret. Have your read it?
In this latest read in getting what you want from life, the focus is all on gratitude and how to have more of it. At first some of the exercises seemed a little cheesy, but I decided to stick with it. After all, what could it hurt?
Taking Stock of Gratitude
The very first exercise is to write down a list of 10 things that you are grateful for and why. Like, “I am grateful for my home because it provides my family with a safe and loving place to live”.
Byrne stresses that the degree to which you feel the gratitude is of the utmost importance. Each exercise in the book is meant to simply bring more awareness to the things you are grateful for, or would like to bring more of into your life, and broaden your feeling of gratitude.
It is pretty amazing how feeling grateful changes your attitude and even how you feel physically. As the saying goes, “like begets like”. If you think about something enough you essentially will it into existence. Maybe not magical in the story book sense, but it definitely gets your mind and body moving in the right direction for your desired outcome.
The Magic has instilled some healthy patterns into my life. In the morning first thing when I wake up I automatically start listing the things that I am grateful for when my feet hit the floor. Sometimes before I am even out of bed. A pretty nice way to start the day.
Have you read The Magic or similar titles? What are your thoughts on gratitude?
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