Think about something you are grateful for. It could be a family member, a wonderful meal, beautiful weather, good health, a favorite pet, your job, your home… Got it? Next focus on the center of your chest (where your heart chakra is) and notice how you feel when you are grateful. Are you happy or sad? Peaceful or agitated? Angry or loving? Expansive or contracted? That’s the power of gratitude. Thinking about something you are grateful for transforms your emotions and creates a positive vibrational shift.
Gratitude, joy, love and abundance all carry positive vibrational energy. These positive vibes displace fearful and uncomfortable emotions, which helps to increase confidence. Of the four positive emotions—gratitude, joy, love and abundance—gratitude is the easiest to cultivate because we can intentionally increase it.
The more grateful you are the healthier you are. Research shows that gratitude can strengthen the immune system; lower blood pressure; increase optimism, generosity and compassion and decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation. Gratitude also appears to stimulate the parts of the brain responsible for regulating stress and producing pleasure.
When you nurture gratitude you train your body, mind, heart and spirit to be a magnet for all the other positive vibrations. Infuse your life with gratitude (even when you’re unhappy or life doesn’t feel like it’s going your way) and you will generate love and abundance not only for yourself but for everyone around you.
As Barbara De Angelis explains:
Gratitude blesses you. It opens you so that more can come in. It literally expands the vibrational space around you. When you’re living in that expansive space, more of everything will flow into your life.
One of the best ways to generate gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Each night before bed spend five minutes reviewing your day. It’s important to journal at night because your subconscious mind processes everything that happened to you during the day while you sleep. By journaling about gratitude in the evening, you’ll train your subconscious to notice good vibrations and view the world in a more positive way.
Here are some suggestions about what you can write about:
- All the people and things—big and small—you are grateful for and why.
- Unpleasant things that have left your life such as an illness, the neighbors with the barking dog who moved away or the co-worker you disliked.
- Challenges and troubles you are facing that are teaching you valuable lessons.
- What is beautiful and special about you.
Try it for 30 days and see what happens!
“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” —Jacqueline Winspear.