It’s simple. When you are thankful for everything that is in your life, it will be easier for you to feel more love, happiness, abundance and joy.
Life is a journey, and it’s meant to be enjoyed. When you are happy, grateful, loving, generous and appreciative of life, you will be rewarded with more of the same.
Wayne Dyer, in his wisdom, states it this way:
“Most people are searching for happiness. They’re looking for it. They’re trying to find it in someone or something outside of themselves. That is a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way you think.”
You can cultivate this attitude of gratitude by becoming conscious of your thoughts and teaching yourself to choose those that serve you. Egoist self-talk tends to be negative or fear based. The process it not to try to suppress or eliminate them (an impossible task) but to let them go while hanging on to those things that bring you joy.
You can start by letting go of your criticisms, complains and judgments.
When you become aware of that you’ve boarded that negative thought train, there is no need to scold yourself, just gently let go, hop off and lead your thoughts in a different direction.
The less negative energy has a hold of you, the more likely you are to see things you are thankful for.
In his article on gratitude, Richard Paterson, offers us some insight on cultivating appreciation and gratitude. I’ll turn it over to Richard…
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is essential to experiencing more happiness, love, joy and abundance in your life. Feeling and expressing gratitude is the master key to unlocking the wonder and magic in our lives. Without gratitude we are beggars trying to make it through the day. Gratitude transforms an existence into a life.
When I was about seven years old, my mother took me shopping one day. I remember having the thought that we are on a giant rock hurtling at incredible speed through space. I was astonished that I seemed to be the only one in the crowded street who was aware of this. Otherwise they wouldn’t just be shopping, would they? They would all be standing around with their mouths open in awe! We are surrounded in every moment by wonder but tend to be too caught up in life to notice LIFE. An attitude of gratitude and appreciation flows naturally from a space of wonder.
So how do we cultivate gratitude?
Through becoming aware of our habitual thoughts and making new choices. An excellent start is to simply notice the tendency to complain, criticize, judge, moan etc and to notice how it makes you feel… contracted, heavy, powerless? Both lack and abundance exist simultaneously in our lives. In every moment we have a conscious choice to either focus on what is missing or to be thankful for the gifts that we already have. It is like tending a garden… we can water the weeds or the flowers. What type of garden we wish to create is our own choice.
…At first, practicing gratitude is largely a mental exercise but nonetheless, infinitely more fulfilling than complaining. As we evolve in consciousness, gratitude happens naturally by itself and emanates from the heart rather than the mind. The highest state of gratitude can be described as ‘praying without ceasing’… living in a perpetual state of awe and wonder… like a child. Continue reading here…
As you consciously begin to choose your thoughts you’ll begin to flush out all the negativity toxicity in from of stress and anxiety that’s been building up in your body and things that you are grateful for will begin to grow in your life.
Being thankful even for the simple things, like a hand-drawn card from your daughter, a single rose from your husband or a pat on back from a co-worker.
Find the time to develop this habit and your life will be filled with joy, contentment and peace.
Remember that “a happy attitude is one of gratitude;” make it your mantra and watch your life transform.