Most of us show gratitude by saying “thank you” to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. Scientific research says gratitude is not just an action; it is a positive emotion which is important for humanity.
The benefits of taking time to notice and reflect upon the things you are grateful for is endless. When you practice the attitude of gratitude you experience more positive emotions, feel energised, motivated, sleep better. It also strengthens your immune system.
Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.
The attitude of gratitude has truly changed my life. It has expanded my awareness, be more open to receive. I have found that every thought, feeling and event in my life is reflected in my body. When I am grat4eful for every positive and negative thing in my life I find that my three Ascension Attitude – love, surrender and gratitude become an invincible force for healing.
Instead of reserving my gratitude for momentous occasions I look for simple things. For example a parking spot, my food, water, a warm bed, sunshine, rain and so on. I show gratitude when negative things appear in my life. When I stub a toe I get angry with myself for being careless. I may even swear a little. I am human after all! Then I immediately show gratitude “Thank you for my toe that can feel the pain” I think of all the people who have no feeling not only in their toes but many parts of their body and send them a blessing.
Here are a few things I do to show gratitude.
I set aside time each morning and before bedtime to thank God for everything in my life, which can take as little as 5 minutes.
Gratitude journal – When I first started a gratitude journal I wrote only one thing I was grateful for that day. It was “I am grateful for being alive today and my morning cup of coffee.” There were times when I wrote the same thing daily. Then I slowly started writing down whatever I was grateful for that particular day and the number of things I am grateful for increases daily as I become more and more aware of the many blessings that God has showered upon us.
If I can’t find the time to write in my gratitude journal, while doing m daily chores show gratitude. For example when showering, I say “thank you for the warm shower.” I think of the millions of people who do not have clean water to drink or even have bath. When washing dishes and look out of the window and see the sunshine or a bird in my garden, I simply say “thank you”. There are many things in life we take for granted, become aware of them and as you show gratitude you will notice your life changes for the better.
If you find it difficult to become aware or to open your consciousness, ask Angel Ooniemme to uplift you with the glorious feeling of gratitude.
Here is another way you I show gratitude –
I take a picture of someone in my life who has been my support system. Stick the picture on of a paper or cardboard, and daily write a quality or something that this person has done for me. After a week or two I give to the person. Not only does it make me feel good about myself I know that the other person’s life has changed too because it would highlight some of the qualities they never thought they had.
My intension for 2019 is to write one thing I am grateful for on a piece of paper, it can be a thing or a person and put it in a jar. On 31 December 2019 I am going to get them all out and see how much life has changed and the extent of Love, Surrender and Gratitude has affected my life.
As practice gratitude I find that my life is constantly changing as I continue to walk my spiritual path.
By Ranjini Woodhouse
Energy Scan Healer Practitioner
Angel Therapy Practitioner