Friday, September 1, 2017

The Immeasurable Rewards of Practicing Gratitude

You might knock the idea of “The Secret,” or the law of attraction, and it’s understandable. The movie was a flashy way of explaining to people how to get cars and houses and all kinds of material possessions. None of that really matters, and I don’t think that was the entire point of the movie. 

What I gained from the movie is that our thoughts are powerful. Our state of mind affects our experiences every single day. And the most important thing I’ve gained is a sense of empowerment, knowing that I can choose my own thoughts.

One major thing I learned that is life-changing, when applied, is the practice of gratitude. If you write down a list of ten things you are grateful for, every day, and why you feel grateful for them, you’ll generate a beautiful sense of well-being, and you’ll in turn create and experience more things to feel grateful for. That’s how it works! In the beginning, it will feel forced, unnatural, and maybe even like a chore. You’ll feel major resistance, but push through it in the beginning, because the rewards of doing a consistent gratitude practice are immeasurable! 

To take it further, start expressing gratitude towards the people in your life who you care about. Write hand-written thank you cards and give them to the people you’re grateful for. Take photographs of who and what you’re grateful for and describe exactly why you appreciate and enjoy every aspect of each one. 

Imagine how wonderful life can be when gratitude, appreciation, presence, enjoyment, and delight are part of your everyday experience of life! 

(photo by me!)