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21 Dec 2017   Shanti Gowans
People who count their blessings are significantly happier and healthier in life than those who don't. Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. It makes feeling joyful your second nature, and keeps you focused on what you have, rather than all the things you don't, which keeps you in the victim mentality.
You raise your vibration by acknowledging and giving thanks for what you have or experience. If you consciously take note of what is good in your life, quantifiable benefits happen. 
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. Appreciate even the little things in life. It turns what you have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend
When you were a child, you would have been taught to say "thank you" when someone gave you a present or did something nice for you. But after a while, “thank you” can become quite glib unless you learn ways to cultivate the attitude of gratitude.

Many people do not realise that gratitude is a choice and that it does not come easily to everybody. Practicing gratitude is a skill which is never too late to develop. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. 
When you are in a state of gratitude, you are resonating and sending out a frequency of acceptance and harmony, and as a result, you resonate at a much higher vibrational frequency. This frequency is what attracts to you and to the world, the events, conditions, and circumstances that you desire.
Take the Time
Firstly, to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, start the day being thankful that you are alive.
Take time from your busy day and remember to give thanks for all the blessings that keep coming your way on a daily basis. You don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness, it's right in front of you when you are paying attention and practicing gratitude.
During your day, give yourself a gift of few moments of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This daily regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe. It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
Before you sleep, think of all the wonderful things that have happened that day and feel grateful to the people who have helped you.
A Grateful Heart
A grateful heart begins by reflecting and contemplating on all the wonderful things around you. It has to do with your state of being and has to be cultivated by self-reflection. 
It comes by considering how life has supported you. Things as simple as listening to the birds sing or enjoying the taste of a homecooked meal can be cause for celebration when you focus on having a grateful heart.
Express your Gratitude
Choose to be grateful. This gratitude allows you to be happy.  
When you are grateful for the things that you have and express gratitude, it takes it to another level and opens the door to feeling optimistic. Because you are grateful, you will be happy.
Optimism is a skill that you can cultivate. One of the ways to develop it is to think, feel, and express gratitude both for the small and the big things that take place in your life.
30 Second Gratitude Practice
  • Close your eyes. Take a deep inhale through your nose, and breathe in all the way into your belly.
  • Relax and exhale slowly.
  • Focus on a blessing in your life, something you are thankful for. See an image of this blessing in your mind’s eye. Offer a silent “thank you” to the person or object of your blessing.
  • Relax into the feeling of gratitude. Take a deep breath. Feel more gratitude.




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