There’s no denying that, in life, there are ups and downs, good days and bad days. When things are going our way, everything falls into place. But what about the bad days, when fear, anger or sadness slips in and steals our joy?
It’s how we react to the negativity that makes all the difference. If we’re focusing on lack—not enough time, not enough money, not enough whatever—we may feel frustrated, dissatisfied and depressed.
What you need is a simple shift in perception, and that can be accomplished by adopting an attitude of gratitude. Yes, it’s that simple. Try coming from a place of thankfulness with every breath you take.
This will not only make you feel better, but it will also open the door for more abundance to come into your life. The quickest way to abundance is to accept and celebrate what is; not to find fault with or complain about what is. By practicing gratitude, we deepen our awareness of all the gifts we receive each day, and open our eyes to the abundance that is already ours.
When you’re dialed into gratitude, you have the clarity to truly appreciate all the blessings in your life. This mindset will allow you to be more open to new opportunities, inspiration and creativity. Instead of magnifying the problems you face, minimize them by focusing on everything that brings you joy. In fact, consider giving thanks for the hardships in your life for the perspective and lessons they bring.
The following gratitude practices are just a few ideas to easily weave into your daily life. Choose one of them to do each day, and at the end of the week, reflect on the positive shifts you’ve experienced.
- Before getting out of bed in the morning, be thankful for the comfort of your bed, the roof over your head, a good night’s sleep, and the day ahead of you.
- Throughout the day, stop and be grateful for every little thing. A compliment, a hug, or even a great parking spot!
- Create a gratitude journal where you can write a daily list of what you are grateful for.
- Every day, tell others how grateful you are for their help and presence in your life. This includes family members, friends, sales clerks, waiters, co-workers, and even strangers.
- Before falling asleep, choose one thing that happened during your day that you are grateful for. Fall asleep with that as your last thought.
By practicing gratitude, you become more open to receive all the good that life has to offer. Abundance will flow into your life, presenting you with opportunities you had never even imagined.