Gratitude: “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness.”
The “Attitude of Gratitude” theory has had a huge resurgence in the past 10 years. We’ve been encouraged to write Gratitude Lists, keep a Gratitude Diary, to feel Grateful and to act Grateful. And for a good reason.
Quite simply, by feeling Grateful we can instantly change our “state” and by changing our “state” we can attract good things to us. There is science to back this up by the way, but in a nutshell, “like attracts like.” If we think good thoughts, or more importantly feel good, we will attract good things.
In my opinion, the number one way to change a person’s state is to feel Gratitude. Notice I’ve highlighted to feel. It’s not enough to think of something you are Grateful for, you have to feel the Gratitude and feel the emotion. Otherwise it won’t work.
So, how can you instantly feel Gratitude? I’ve identified a number of questions to help you.
Set a timer for 2 minutes every morning or evening, or even better - both, and answer the questions that appeal to you the most.
Or, at night, answer these questions and write them in a Gratitude Journal.
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” - Charles Dickens
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