“Be thankful for what you have, and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah
This is such a powerful and truthful statement.
Every day we can choose to focus on being obsessively grateful for every single thing and experience we have. When we choose this route, we end up receiving more and elevating our frequency levels. We inevitably radiant joy and peace in our daily existence, and it automatically raises the energy that we emit.
On the contrary, we can also choose to concentrate on all the things that we don’t have or how things aren’t going our way. We can take the victim mentality. What inevitably happens when we take this path is that we operate at a lower level and emanate negative energy. If we continue down this path, we find ourselves embedded in feelings of jealousy, bitterness, fear, and anxiety and ultimately, attracting more negative to ourselves.
Gratitude is everything. It allows us to operate from a place of abundance and faith. It’s a complete game changer and can have a significant impact on our lives if we choose.
Here are 10 ways being obsessively grateful can rock your world:
1. Gratitude helps us appreciate the “small” things in life.
How often do we take common place things for granted? It’s not until we get the flu that we appreciate how amazing it is to wake up feeling great every morning. It’s not until we lose our power due to a bad storm that we appreciate electricity, and all the luxuries it affords us.
In a world of smart phones and all the technology we can imagine, it’s easy to take for granted things like clean drinking water, clothing, food, and shelter. Gratitude helps us remember how truly blessed we are.
2. Gratitude helps us complain less.
When we take the time to remember how truly blessed we are and how much we have to be grateful for, we are less inclined to complain about first world problems such as our internet being too slow, the lack of Wi-Fi, or the fact that the drive thru line at Starbucks is so long.
It’s harder to complain about our layover being delayed while we’re on our way to vacation, when we stop to consider that we are blessed enough to be able to take a vacation in the first place.
3. Gratitude attracts people to us.
When we are grateful, we radiate joy and happiness. People are attracted to positive energy. They can feel those vibes. Even more, when we are grateful, we express that to people we cross paths with. We automatically make people around us feel good. And who doesn’t want to be around a person who makes them feel better just by being in their presence?
4. Gratitude makes us happier.
When we dwell on gratitude, we naturally look for the good. We look for the good in people and in our experiences. When you operate from this place, you can’t help but be happier, smile more, and send out good energy to the world. After all, how could we not be happy when so much good stuff is happening.
5. Gratitude makes us more optimistic.
A byproduct of being grateful is that we automatically become more optimistic. Because we are always operating from a mindset of abundance and focusing on the good, we become the kind of people who are always having positive experiences in the world. The more positive experiences we have, the more we come to expect those experiences.
We see the world through a lens of optimism instead of negativity.
6. Gratitude helps us enjoy and appreciate each moment.
When we stop taking experiences, people, and/or possessions for granted, we begin to realize that life is truly a gift. We take the time to appreciate long, deep conversations with friends or family. We relish in the moments of watching a beautiful sunset. We take a few minutes from the hustle and bustle to just be and enjoy.
We experience everything at a deeper level when we embrace gratitude.
7. Gratitude helps us appreciate our relationships more.
When we take the time to think about the value that our friends, family, and partners have in our lives, we appreciate them at a deeper level. Not only that but we take the time to express our appreciation to them. We take the time to tell them how much value they hold in our lives.
It strengthens the depths of our relationships. Who doesn’t love it when someone we care deeply about takes the time to say how much they appreciate us, and it also feels equally good to show your appreciation to someone. Both parties benefit greatly from the exchange.
8. Gratitude increases our positivity.
When we focus on gratitude, we have no choice but to be positive. Even more so, it abolishes feeling of jealousy, envy, or bitterness. We are constantly operating from a place of abundance so we know that great things are coming our way.
9. Gratitude improves our health.
Gratitude relaxes us, and it staves off depression and anxiety. We even sleep better when we are grateful. When we are anxious, worried, or fearful, we tend to lay in bed at night thinking about all our woes and everything that is or could go wrong. However, we when we go to bed meditating on all the positive things, we fall into a restful sleep expecting tomorrow to be even better.
10. Gratitude raises our expectation level.
When we are thankful for what we have, we can be confident that we will get more. We will get more love, more opportunities, more experiences, more meaningful relationships; we will get more of everything we are thankful for.
We literally expect the best from life when we focus on gratitude.
In the words of Anthony Robbins, “when you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” Being grateful is a huge key to a successful life in my opinion. The best part about gratitude is that it’s easy to implement, and you can start today. You can start a simple, daily gratitude practice by just spending 5 minutes a day quieting your mind and meditating on all that you are thankful for.
Developing an attitude of gratitude won’t fix all your problems, but it will definitely help you live a happier and more abundant life.
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