Some of us tend to focus on what we don’t have, our complaints, and our problems, not realizing that if we were to start the powerful process of gratitude, we will start to feel good about ourselves and our energy and thinking will shift to a positive level.
For example – most men love it when a woman shows gratitude for the little things that they do. Invariably, the men want to do more. If it works for the men, it will work for everyone else. It’s always about gratitude. It does not matter where a person falls in the social strata, everyone loves to be shown gratitude.
Practicing daily gratitude in our lives can bring about a change in our life. Wallace Wattler says “Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude”. It is impossible to bring more into your life if you are feeling ungrateful about what you have. Why? Because the thoughts and feelings you emit as you feel ungrateful are all negative emotions. Whether it is jealousy, resentment, dissatisfaction or feelings of “not enough”, those feelings cannot bring you what you want. They can only return to you more of what you do not want. Those negative emotions are blocking your own good emotions coming to you. If you want a new car but you are not grateful for the car you have, that will be the dominant negative emotion you are sending out.
“The daily practice of gratitude is one of the conduits by which your wealth will come to you” – Wallace Wattler. This statement by Wallace makes a lot of sense. I will share with you a method of giving gratitude that I use everyday: Every morning, before getting out of bed, I mentally feel a sense of gratitude for a brand new day and all that I am grateful for in my life. Then I get out of bed. I say “Thank you” continuously as I go about my chores to get ready for work. Allowing myself to feel gratitude for all that I currently have. By the time I leave my home for work, I am in such a positive frame of mind that I feel as though I am floating on air and I have a productive and successful day.
Once you have learnt the process of giving gratitude daily, it is important to teach our children the process of giving gratitude for the things that they currently have in their lives. This exercise can be done before bed, or when they get home from school or at the dinner table. Have each child, say at least three things that they can give gratitude for. It could be anything that they may have experienced during their day.
Finally, in order to assist with the gratitude exercise, make a list of things to be grateful for. Begin each sentence with, “I am so happy and grateful now that……. (fill in the rest). To add to this, write down the things that you want and feel the gratitude in advance for receiving it. I will share two of mine with you: “I am so happy and grateful now that my parents are alive to enjoy another Christmas with their children and grandchildren” and “I am so happy and grateful to all my readers, for the hundreds of emails that I have received, giving me the opportunity to help in every area of their lives. I look forward to continue making a different in my readers lives in 2014. Thank you”.