Sunday, 11 June 2017

How to Activate the Feeling of Genuine Gratitude



If you want to take away one lesson from any personal development book, podcast, video or seminar, take away gratitude. If you want that one magic trick to transform your life, it's gratitude. Any successful entrepreneur, thought leader or any happy and fulfilled person will agree.

Very often though, it's a little difficult to feel that feeling of genuine gratitude. Let me describe the feeling of genuine gratitude; you feel it in every cell, every fibre of your body. You feel gratitude in your bones. It's very visceral. You feel connected to the universe, to this planet and to every other living being. There's a subtle yet undeniable almost-electric buzz running throughout your body. It's a feeling of pure bliss and joy. It's when you feel so lucky just to be alive. You can feel some kind of beautiful energy moving through you as though something amazing and exciting is about to unfold.

I have discovered that by using the following tricks you can amplify and magnify your daily gratitude and that will allow you to transform your life with speed & momentum.

  1. Write it down. I have a dedicated notebook for gratitude. The notebook that I use is a beautiful hard bound Liberty London notebook and every time I see that notebook, I feel happy instantly. I make a list of things that I am grateful for daily, sometimes even twice in one day. You could start by making your gratitude list in any notebook or diary. You could also invest in a Happiness Planner or The Five Minute Journal. 
  2. Write it down on a chalk board or a white board. Then hang this board in a place that you are able to see throughout the day. This is like literally magnifying your gratitude from tiny notebook sized writing to massive board sized writing. The fact that your words are bigger in size and the board is within your sight really magnifies the feeling of gratitude.
  3. Get your family involved. Get your parents or spouse or children involved. Tell each other what you are grateful for daily.  Gratitude is infectious and you are raising the vibrations of your entire family together. This is very powerful.
  4. Sing or dance to gratitude. If you like singing or even if you are a bathroom singer (everyone is) start making your own songs about gratitude. Sing along and also dance to that gratitude song. Be silly, be creative with your gratitude practise. This is immensely powerful as you are not only raising your vibrations but also doing that with lots of energy. Side Effect- This is bound to put you in a great mood.
  5. Have a Pinterest gratitude board. Pinterest is like having your online virtual visual vision board. Why not create a gratitude board on Pinterest? Start pinning quotes and photos centred around gratitude. When you make something visual you make that real.
  6. Post on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and snapchat about gratitude regularly. Post quotes about gratitude and use images that speak of gratitude. Not only you are solidifying your feeling of gratitude, but you might also spark gratitude in someone else. There is no better feeling than knowing that you have inspired someone else. Use hashtags such as #AttitudeOfGratitude #Gratitude #Thankful #Grateful generously. We are living in the social media- information age after all ;)
  7. Go on gratitude walks. When you go on a walk, close to nature and you focus on everything that you are grateful for, some kind of crazy magic happens. You can even take your partner or best friend on this walk and literally count your blessings together. Seriously, this is life-changing.
  8. Use gratitude in your conversations. Next time you meet someone don't get into the standard topics like what do you do, and how bad the weather is. Instead ask them what are they most grateful for lately. You both will come out of that conversation feeling like a million bucks.
  9. With a close friend you trust, a mastermind alliance, your spouse or business partner schedule a gratitude jam. Get talking about everything that makes you feel grateful. You can have a daily gratitude session with your employess too. This will create a positive environment at work and lead to better results.
  10. Cultivate the habit of saying please and thank you. In my opinion we don't say please and thank you enough. Appreciate everything and everyone around you. Life truly is beautiful and it becomes even more so when we express gratitude and appreciate those around us.
  11. Say a gratitude prayer before your meals- This is so important energetically. Always bless and always be thankful for the food on your plate. These days there is so much suspicion around food. We say things like our food is loaded with chemicals, why is the watermelon so sweet, it must be injected with sugar yada yada yada. We are insulting the food and manifesting what we are saying about food. Be thankful that you have food on your plate, majority of people on this planet are starving. Do this and watch your health improve. 
  12. Don't leave the most basic stuff out. Start showing gratitude for the simplest things you take for granted such as your smart phone, laptop and the internet. You are able to access so much knowledge through the internet for free. You have food on the table, you probably have air-con in this blazing heat. There is so much to be grateful for. The list is endless. Feeling thankful for the most basic stuff can really truly activate 100% bonafide gratitude.

Do you practise gratitude daily? Do you have some other tricks and gratitude hacks? Let me know, I am all ears. 
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