How many of us actually say thank you? When do we stop and consciously show gratitude not only towards one another, but towards our lives? Occasionally we say thank you to the person who held the door open for us, but only out of common courtesy. Lots of research has been done into happiness, and the theme that keeps popping up is people who make a conscious effort to acknowledge and express gratitude. For these people practicing gratitude would be the same as saying a prayer, or meditating.
So with that I am going into the new month with an open heart and mind, with my theme being gratitude. Far too often I take my own life for granted. All of the wonderful gifts and opportunities I have, as well as all the fabulous people around me. Each day my job is filled with joy and healing, in an industry that is filled with love, and I never once have been grateful for that. This month I am going to make a conscious effort to be grateful for at least one thing every single day.
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart.
I am so grateful for each day I get on this beautiful earth. I am grateful for my body, and its ability to acheive amazing things. I am also grateful for my career, and all the wonderful opportunities it presents. I am grateful for this blog, and all of the gorgeous people I have met so far, and all of the ones I am yet to meet. I am thankful for where I live. Perth is such an amazing city, and I never once thought I would be living here. But here I am, and it is one of the best descsions I have ever made.
For the next month, I am going to keep a daily gratitude journal, and I would love for you to do the same. Being thankful for the things we have is a great way to start saying thank you to the universe, and allow ourselves to be open-hearted with others.
I believe the path to happiness is found in showing gratitude for the good things we already have in our lives. What are the benefits of expressing gratitude?
- We notice what’s good in our life
- We stop to think about what’s important to us
- We remember others in our life
- It connects with others when we say ‘thank you’
- It heals our emotional wounds
- We feel a sense of calm and peace
So how exactly can you learn to be grateful? Right now, stop whatever you are doing, and bring yourself to the present moment. Take a big deep breath, right from your belly, and listen. What noises can you hear? Birds? Cars? Talking? Whatever it is, don’t stop to think about it, just let it pass by-like a cloud floating past. Take another deep breath and notice what is around you, just let yourself be within the moment. Now, take another deep breath and remember your day. Is there one thing that pops up for you? Maybe it was simply that your coffee this morning was amazing. Or maybe somebody you had been thinking about had sent you a message. Whatever it is, be grateful. Take the time to thank the universe for that particular thing.
What am I grateful for today?