You know that feeling we have on Thanksgiving; the feeling of gratitude and of being part of something bigger than ourselves. Maybe it was brought on by being part of a family gathering or maybe because you helped out in a soup kitchen. Being grateful creates very powerful emotions.
While conducting research before I wrote my book, I learned about the power of gratitude. Of all the other things I learned, this impacted my life the most. If you are grateful for what you have, you will attract more things to be grateful for in your life. You really do bring about what you think about.
Not only does feeling gratitude make you feel better, but it also has an incredible impact on your life. Dr. Robert Emmons, author of the book “Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier”, writes about how gratitude improves emotional and physical health and strengthens relationships and communities. “Without gratitude, life can be lonely, depressing and impoverished,” writes Dr. Emmons. “Gratitude enriches human life. It elevates, energizes, inspires and transforms. People are moved, opened and humbled through expressions of gratitude.”
The University of California of Berkley is conducting a $3.1 million study on the positive aspects of living in a life of gratitude. Beyond this, there is much more research proving the power of gratitude.
I believe gratitude is the fuel that allows you to achieve your dreams. In my travels I have the pleasure of meeting some of the most successful, healthy and happy people in the world. No one achieves success and happiness by complaining and looking for the negative in situations. True success comes from focusing your attention on what you want to achieve. Live life to the fullest in this moment and live a life of gratitude!
I personally love to hear the works “thank you” come across my lips. I never miss an opportunity to thank people. The emotional charge you receive from being grateful is unlike anything else you can do for yourself; you control it and you own it. Being thankful comes from within and you can turn it on at anytime.
This month I challenge you to say thank you at least once every hour you are awake. It is easy – thanks for holding the door, thanks for the coffee, thanks for the kind words and so on. You will find no shortage of things for which to be thankful. What you will start to see is that the more room you make for gratitude in your life, the less room you will have for negative emotions like anger, jealousy and resentment. If you make a conscious effort to do this for the next month, you will notice a transformation and it will impact every facet of your life including your health, relationships and work.
What do you have to lose? Only good can come of this. Let’s live in a life of gratitude!
Thank you so much for reading my newsletter and allowing me to be a part of your life. I am very grateful and humbled.
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