“Gratitude is a fullness of heart that moves you from limitation and fear to expansion and love.” Deepak Copra
Gratitude is one of those words that fills your heart with pure joy and peace. For the most part it has had a religious association but science is now starting to see the benefits of gratitude on health, happiness and prosperity. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude helps to develop a deeper connection to our soul and is an integral virtue for spiritual development.
People who express gratitude are more inclined to be happier, be more empathetic and compassionate. These virtues go hand in hand. When we are grateful for what we have we feel a deep connection to others when they are in pain. Showing gratitude helps us to accept what is and opens the doorway for abundance to enter.
Gratitude creates abundance by shifting our thinking away from what doesn’t work in our life to what is working. It is how we learn to receive what we truly are entitled to. Abundance is manifested when we believe that we are worthy and we can see with clarity our current blessings.
Oprah Winfrey the most successful woman in the world has written a gratitude list everyday for the majority of her career. Is she grateful because of her success or is she successful because she is grateful? My money is on gratitude being the secret little gem.
Robert Emmons an expert on the study of gratitude in his article Five Myths about Gratitude defines gratitude as, ” A specific way of thinking about receiving a benefit and giving credit to others beside oneself for that benefit. In fact, gratitude can be very difficult because it requires that you recognize your dependence on others, and that’s not always positive. You have to humble yourself, in the sense that you have to become a good receiver of others’ support and generosity. That can be very hard—most people are better givers than receivers.”
He makes a valid point. Gratitude is not a form of positive thinking it creates a shift in you that says I accept help, I am okay with giving compliments, I have humility. For all the martyrs out there this can be difficult.
Three ways to include Gratitude into your daily life:
- Each day take a moment to reflect on how incredible life is. Look at your body, feel your skin, watch a sunset, take a walk in nature, be in awe over the miracle of birth, Smile at a child, belly laugh, feel the deep love you have for your special someone, think about what makes your soul sing. Be in awe about how incredibly lucky you are for all of this. Breathe out gratitude.
- One of the simplest ways to live gratitude is to write one thing that you are grateful for every night. Trust me when I say this… it won’t be long before there are two things to write and so on.
- Another way to show gratitude is to give back to the less fortunate. If you are grateful for the food that you eat, share it. If you are grateful for the love that you get from your children, give that love back to your parents or someone else’s parents.
I have seen gratitude work its miracles… it’s a secret little gem. Invite the powerful, transformative and healing benefits of gratitude to grace your life.
Love and light and all things nice, KR x