Be Thankful For Your Operating System
Gratitude is a powerful practice that can literally change your life from the inside out! It starts in your mind and your heart, and radiates out into the world around you. Gratitude creates an upward spiral that is highly contagious and has a magnitude of benefits that positively impact your physical and emotional wellbeing.
The key elements to a gratitude practice are intention, mindfulness and focused attention. Let's break these down to actionable steps.
Intention ~ Gratitude begins with setting the intention to be grateful.·
ACTION STEP: Wake up each day and say "I am grateful for my life!" Or "I am grateful to be alive!"
Mindfulness ~ Gratitude involves being mindful and aware of the beauty that exists all around you.
ACTION STEP: Actively seek the positive aspects of life. Remember, what we look for is what we will see in life.
Focused attention ~ Gratitude requires that you shift your focus from what’s going wrong to what’s going right in your life.
ACTION STEP: Pay attention to what matters most in life. We are all so busy, and we tend to lose track of the true treasures in life.
You might be saying to yourself, “But how can I be thankful during challenges and hardships?” These are the exact times you need to continue to be grateful. It is this gratitude that carries and sustains you during those times that you feel you can’t carry yourself. Yes, we want you to be thankful, at ALL times. That’s right, all the time. Gratitude is this magic elixir that helps you fill your own cup so when you need strength and resilience you’re overflowing.
Start a gratitude journal.
Take a few moments at the end of each day to write down at least 5 positive things that happened during the day for which you are grateful.
Write a gratitude letter to express your appreciation to someone for whom you are grateful. Research shows that this activity creates an upward spiral of positive emotions for the person who writes the letter and the person who receives it.
Be sure to tell people you are grateful for them! (You’ll be amazed at how this improves your relationships)