Being grateful means being thankful, appreciating the things around you, noticing the simple pleasures in life and recognizing what you receive. “Gratitude shifts your focus from lack to abundance.”

The University of California conducted a study in which they divided several hundred people into three groups with each group asked to keep a daily diary. The first group documented activities that occurred throughout the day without being told where to focus their attention. The second group was told to focus their attention on the unpleasant activities that happened during the day. Group number three was instructed to focus their attention on activities that they were grateful for each day. The report concluded that group number three had higher levels of optimism, energy, determination and enthusiasm.

The premise behind my book, “Bring About What You Think About” is that wherever you focus your attention and put energy behind you bring more of that into your life. With this in mind, it only makes sense to focus your attention on things to be grateful for and thus bring more things to be grateful for into your life.

Here are a few things you can do to increase your gratitude:

Keeping a gratitude journal. Keeping a journal of what to be grateful for is a very powerful tool. By writing down what you are “Grateful for” it focuses your attention abundance rather than lack. You will also discover that on the days you feel a little down reading your gratitude journal will pick you up.

Things you take for granted. Imagine losing some of the things you take for granted, such as your health, your house, your job, your ability to see or hear. Then imagine getting each of these things back, one by one, and then consider how grateful you would be for each and every one.

Always look for things to be grateful for. In any situation, you have a choice to focus on the positive or the negative. Over the next 21 days every time you feel yourself looking at the negative redirect your attention to something positive about the situation.

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