Living In Gratitude: 5 Ways To Practice Gratitude

Be more energetic

Be healthier

Be creative

Be likable

Be productive

Gratitude is an action word. Put this amazing positive force to work in your life by doing.

As you practice appreciation, notice how you feel about yourself, about others, about the world around you. Read more

Living In Gratitude: Leave Anger & Bitterness Behind

“As I walked out the door towards my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the hatred, anger and bitterness behind that I would still be in prison.” ~Nelson Mandela

Our emotions play a significant part in our attitude and how we view the world. Negative emotions can consume us, resulting in our own self-imprisionment, as Nelson Mandela so wisely understood. Holding onto those feelings is like holding a hot coal and expecting others to get burned.  Read more

Living In Gratitude: Stress Happens

Stress happens when we resist life’s events.

Let go.

Be at peace and appreciate life.

This is a spiritual practice.

Stress is a part of life. It’s a reaction to something that disrupts our mental or physical equilibrium, resulting in a ‘fight or flight’ reaction. In moderation, stress can keep us active, alert and excited but long-term, chronic stress can have a negative impact on our health.

You may not be able to eliminate stressors, but you can control how you react to them. Healthy stress management routines can help you manage stressors big and small. These might be meditation, exercise, deep breathing or any whatever method works best for you. Read more

Living In Gratitude: Conflict

Conflict cannot survive without your participation. ~Wayne Dyer

Very wise words.

Have you ever considered that conflict exists because two or more people participate in it’s creation or continuation?

This is also true of inner conflict. Our choice-sometimes unconsciously or unwillingly-to participate solidifies conflict, giving it power. Read more

Living In Gratitude: Gratitude Opens Your Heart

Gratitude opens your heart to love.

Studies on gratitude show that those people who are grateful have more friends, deeper, more meaningful relationships and healthier partnerships/marriages. Read more

Living In Gratitude: Healthy Heart

Gratitude makes us happy, healthy, wealthy and whole.

A positive mental attitude is good for your heart. It fends off depression, stress and anxiety, which can increase the risk of heart disease, says Paul Mills, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Mills specializes in disease processes and has been researching behavior and heart health for decades. He wondered if the very specific feeling of gratitude made a difference, too. Read more

Living In Gratitude: Things You Can Give & Still Keep

Things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart. ~ Zig Zigler

Some of the simplest gifts in life are the most meaningful.

Be true to your word, offer a smile to everyone you meet, express your gratitude openly and often. Read more

Living In Gratitude: A Positive Life

“You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.”

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Our response to this age-old question about positive thinking reflects our outlook and attitude toward life.

Positive thinking doesn’t mean our head is buried in the sand while we ignore unpleasant situations. Positive thinking simply means that we approach life’s challenges in a more positive and productive way. We believe the best is going to happen rather than the worst. Read more

Living In Gratitude: The Most Important Ingredient

Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life. ~ Jack Canfield

Society often promotes success as based upon monetary and material things. But what truly makes life fulfilling and ensures success is being grateful for all we have.

Studies show that people who practice gratitude are healthier, happier, more productive, and earn more money than those who don’t appreciate what they already have. They have stronger relationships with friends, family, coworkers, and partners. An attitude of gratitude boosts careers, allows us to more easily overcome challenges, resolve problems, and manage stress. Read more

Living In Gratitude: What A Wonderful World

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

Have you ever stopped to consider what an amazing world we live in?

There are numerous things all around us that are awe-inspiring if we simply take a moment to look closely.

  • The beauty of dew drops that sparkle and reflect the morning sun.
  • The intensity and brilliance of colors, aromas, and sounds.
  • The incredible number and variety of living things.
  • The warmth of a hug.
  • The power of a smile.
  • The immensity of the oceans.

The list is endless.

What do you find wonderful in the world? Make a list in a notebook or gratitude journal.

May your day be filled with gratitude and good things.