Attitude of Gratitude: How to Practice Daily Gratitude
Welcome to one of the most valuable practices of your entire life. Having an attitude of gratitude can be the game changing secret to a deeply fulfilling life.
I heard a story about someone who traveled to India to meet a famous spiritual teacher. It was a big journey, not just a drive through restaurant. After waiting in line for hours to meet the teacher, all that the teacher whispered in the man’s ear was two words, “thank you.”
When we are able to focus on the good in our lives instead of what we don’t like, we keep our energy frequency up and literally attract better things into our lives. The law of attraction will work in your favor when you’re grateful for what you have.
Let’s be honest, we hear people whining and often find ourselves whining back in order to try to connect with people or to fill the silence. We’ve all said, “I can’t wait until work is over,” or, “I wish it wasn’t raining,” and probably, “I wish I had a job where I made more money.” All of these are focusing on “lack.” This is called “lack consciousness.” Your brain probably developed this habit by being around people who just said whatever they felt instead of directing their mind to gratitude.
Here are 5 ways to shift your brain patterns to stay grateful instead of critical. Your mood, your health, and your success will improve with the momentum you create as you put these seemingly small steps into action! Soon, as the weeks, months, and years pass, it will be natural for you to respond to the world by looking at the positive, and you will generate your own happiness from your attitude!
Step 1: Before You Get Out of Bed, Say Grace
Don’t just let yourself slouch into your day. Start off with a pep rally. Mentally thank the universe for all the good things that are about to happen so you get into a really excited state of mind before those two feet hit the floor. Making this one adjustment can change the direction of your day. It will set an intention for your day so you’ll see the blessings and keep attracting more.
Step 2: Take Regular Pauses For Gratitude
It would be great if that morning ritual powered you through the entire day, but truth be told, we may walk into the kitchen just minutes later and forget all about our intention. Whether it’s spilling a cup of coffee or finding your dog got into the trash, even something small might set us off. In these situations you can practice the mindset that everything happens for a reason. Maybe you’ll have a nice conversation with the barista when you have to buy a cup of coffee, or maybe you’ll find you accidentally threw out an important letter you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
In order to counteract the things that can throw us off and get us into a negative state of mind, we have to start new habits. Before each part of your day, stop to say to yourself one thing you’re grateful for. Before you eat each meal, before you walk into work, before you return to work after lunch, and before you walk into your home after work. This will be an elevating practice that will create new patterns of thinking and keep you in a mind frame that people (and yourself) actually enjoy you in.
Step 3: Thank People For Everything
Imagine being the gas station attendant that regularly gets ignored by customers or the professor that never hears thank you after they give up their precious sleep to teach an extra good class. When we thank people it touches something deep within them. When we notice what they do, even the little things, it raises the quality of our relationships and our life. Make it a habit to thank people as often as possible, even for little things, and watch your vibes shift!
As we make others feel good we too become more content. The impressions we imprint on others will help develop a sense of magic that can build a positive reputation for you. It could result in someone asking you to partner in a business with them or getting asked out by the really nice person who fixed your bike.
Step 4: Start a Gratitude List
Words have power. Many people use an actual gratitude list to help retrain their own thought patterns. Every morning and every night, write down what you want as if it’s already in your life. For example, if you want a new relationship, write down “thank you for my loving, stable, happy relationship” (use specific words to describe what you want). Sending out this beacon of gratitude morning and night in written form makes a huge difference in what the universe allows to show up in your life.
If you struggle with contentment, also make a list of at least 3 things you’re grateful for at any time during the day to shift your vibe. Go back over what you write down again at regular points during the day to make sure you remember them. By the time you’ve done this, your emotional state will naturally have changed!
Step 5: Write Gratitude Reminders To Yourself
Write little notes about the individual things you’re grateful for and place them where you will see them throughout the day. Surprise yourself! For example, place post-it notes on your bathroom mirror, on your steering wheel, at the kitchen sink, on your computer, or leave one on your pillowcase. You can also have your phone send you reminders of what you’re grateful for!
One final piece of advice in the area of gratitude and living an awesome life full of wonderful things is this: Surround yourself with people who look on the bright side of life. You do not have to have the exact same diet, world beliefs, or goals, but at least find people who are super grateful for what they have in life (including you!) and who encourage you to be more aware of gratitude in your own life. If the people you surround yourself with are lackluster. it will tarnish your mood. Spend more time with people who know they have it good because they have food and a warm bed. You’re going to live an entirely different life!