“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust
Understanding the power of gratitude will unleash wonderful abundance in your life. Many successful and thriving men and women share that one reason they are where they are and feel as good as they do is because they learned that the power of gratitude is incredible.
If you desire to attract positive things into your life and simply feel happy, learn to appreciate and be grateful for the good in your life. Be thankful for breath in your lungs, your home, your loved ones, your job, and so on. Look around and simply say, “Thank you” for anything and everything that you find pleasing.
What it means to be grateful is to be thankful for your blessings, acknowledging all the good in your life. It means being happy with your present state no matter what is going on. It is a conscious effort to view your life from a positive perspective and rejoice in all the good. By default, if you do this, you will NOT be focusing on the negative things in your life, which is superb.
To walk with more gratitude in your heart each day, consider adding the following suggestions into your life:
- Begin journaling. Each morning or evening, write down all of the things that you are grateful for. You can include things for that day or life in general. Call it your Gratitude Journal and let it serve as a reminder of how blessed you are.
- Thank those you normally overlook. Each day be mindful of who you come into contact with and thank those who you normally overlook. Maybe it’s the janitor or the clerk at the local deli. Or perhaps it’s your mother-in-law who brings you a tin of cookies. Try not to take those for granted who are of service to you and others.
- Record your thank you’s. If you want to live with more gratitude in your heart, keep tabs of how many times you say thank you during the day and work on increasing the frequency. As you do, you will feel more gratitude well up in your heart for others and yourself.
- Tell your loved ones thank you. Give your parents a call or the next time you see them tell them how grateful you are for all that they have done for you. Let your siblings know you appreciate the times they’ve been there for you. Tell your spouse you are overwhelmed with gratitude for such unconditional love. Let your loved ones know frequently how grateful you are for them.
- Send thank you cards out. You can send e-cards or regular thank you cards to those who you are grateful for on a regular basis.
- Leave gratitude notes. Feel free to leave little thank you’s for maids, parents’, friends, clerks, roommates, and so on. Those that pick up the little note will be thrilled.
- Make a gratitude list. When you are feeling down, make a list of all the things you are grateful for and read it a few times. You can even post it on your fridge, mirror, or wall to serve as a reminder of how blessed you are.
I assure you that if you do incorporate these tips into your daily life and get into the habit of saying “Thank you” more often, your attitude and countenance will change for the better. Not only will you feel better, but those around you will as well.
List 5 people that you are grateful for right now.
Purpose to either tell them in person, via email, or a card.
Internationally recognized Positive Psychology Coach Lisa Cypers Kamen is the Founder of HarvestingHappiness.com, Director of 501 (C)(3) nonprofit Harvesting Happiness for Heroes (HH4Heroes.org), and Host of weekly Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio.
Currently living in Los Angeles, California, Lisa Cypers Kamen is the mother of two active children. She is philanthropically dedicated to the success of various charities related to children and military issues.