Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating gratitude. This is one of the rare areas where everyone from scientists to self-help coaches and LOA teachers agree. It's an essential part of being happy and also one of the areas where those who aren't happy are most likely to have neglected.

It's also easy to cultivate. If you're having a problem feeling grateful, keep the following things in mind. They are sure to help you.

Keep a Gratitude Journal.

Pick up a notebook and keep it next to your bed. Every morning, as soon as you wake up, write a few things about what you feel grateful for. Be creative and write DIFFERENT things every morning.

Just before you go to sleep, review your morning's notes and write some more about the things that you've experienced throughout the day that you also feel grateful for.

Do this for at least 30 days without exception. What’s even better, choose to continue this exercise beyond the 30-day mark. Better yet, make it a HABIT.

If you actually do this, I’m sure you’ll feel much happier.

Cultivating Gratitude for Your Closest Ones

Sometimes we take our friends and loved ones for granted. In reality, they are the people who you should show the MOST appreciation towards. They're the ones who you can turn to when the going gets tough and you need a shoulder to lean on. Make a point of showing your inner circle how important they are and how grateful you are for their support.

They deserve it, don't they? (Even if they aren't always perfect.)

Help the Less Fortunate.

Let's face it. Even though we all may have it tough at times, there's always someone who is doing much worse.

A sure way to cultivate gratefulness for your own situation is to help others whenever you can. This may mean volunteering a day somewhere, helping your neighbors with their daily tasks, or even adopting a rescue cat or dog. There's a real mysterious wonder about acts of kindness like these. The universe seems to recognize this type of act and often responds with unexpected rewards.

My family and I have regularly been giving a lot of useful clothes to the less fortunates. My husband and I have been having sponsored children through Plan International for 15 years now. I often volunteer for different activities for children. We also love to take care of other people’s dogs when they are away.

These may not seem like big things, but for some people they may mean a lot. At the same time, we get to feel the power of cultivating gratitude.

Say "Thank You". Often.

The simple "Thank you!" is one of those magic words when cultivating gratitude. Saying it often will inspire responses that are sure to set off chain reactions that will lead you to happier experiences.

When you show respect, you create a loop of positive energy. All just from saying "Thank you!" with an open smile? Yes. I’m sure anyone who puts this suggestion to the test will find themselves happier.

What may seem like small adjustments to how we act, how we speak or how we think are really anything but minor. They all add up, and when we get enough of them on our side, the scale will shift in the favor of happiness.

After putting this into action, don't be surprised if your dream life starts manifesting. The power of gratitude is an important part of the equation.

I'm grateful you're taking the time to work on it. I believe that the results will be amazing.

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