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Nurturing a Grateful Spirit

Gratitude is defined as a feeling of appreciation or thanks. Human beings often struggle with living out an attitude of gratitude. We are human after all. However, studies show that practicing gratitude most definitely affects your general health and happiness. So, let’s pause now to explore ways to cultivate gratitude in your life.

Take notice.  Be aware of your own behavior. Do you find yourself complaining, gossiping or being negative? Your words greatly impact your life. All thoughts do not need to be expressed. And, thoughts can be redirected. You are responsible for your own thinking so be mindful.

Change perspective.  Switch your general mindset to one of gratefulness. Seek out what to appreciate in each moment. There is always something to be thankful for. Find and celebrate little joys where and when you can. The more you rejoice about your blessings, the happier and more content your soul becomes.

Find the silver lining. Every situation offers an opportunity. Personal growth evolves through our life journey. Trials and triumphs will come and go. However, it’s how we elect to handle and pronounce our circumstances. 

Get inspired. Embrace your appreciative point of view and explore ways to spread gratitude in all that you do. Say ‘I appreciate you’. Compliment and praise others. Act out kindness. Donate your time and money for the betterment of other people. Join a cause. Spread positive energy in our world. 

Keep a record. Write down all that you have to be grateful for. Start a gratitude journal. Record a video declaring your ‘thankful list’. Make a video blog pronouncing that which you give thanks for. Write a letter of appreciation to your family and friends. Create a photo collage. Recollect and recognize memories and people that you hold dear. Grow grateful feelings!

Watch your words. Words matter. Positive words are able to strengthen areas of the frontal lobe and boost the brain’s cognitive functioning. Elevate brain power by simply using words of gratitude. Consider practicing daily gratitude affirmations. For example, finish the statement ‘Today I am grateful for…’ and see how it impacts your emotional and physical self. 

Cultivation of a grateful heart takes practice and commitment. But, this effort will change your life and the lives of others. Thanks for giving it a try!