Can a simple ‘Thank you’, ‘I appreciate you’, or ‘I am grateful for you’, really transform our relationships and sense of connection?
It’s true, more and more studies are being conducted on the benefits of having a gratitude practice, giving thanks and sharing kindness. Our health and well-being flourishes, our connection to each other strengthen and our resilient nature increases when we have a bulletproof gratitude practice.
Even so, there is still so much anger and frustration overflowing around us.
We take so many incredible things for granted. Clean water that is hot when we want it to be, fresh air, public transport, education systems, access to health care, a place to sleep, shoes for our feet, the list goes on…
We get angry when people interrupt us, when people jump the line, take our parking spot, don’t behave the way we think they should. IT’S CRAZY!
We continue to externalise our connection to what’s happening around us. Throwing blame at one another when in fact we are the only ones suffering from holding a grudge or not opening our eyes to see the opportunity for gratitude.
How about we say ‘NO-MORE’ and start taking responsibility for our experience in this world.
Let us create a bulletproof gratitude practice and evolve hate, resentment and expectation together.
Gratitude, what is it?
I love Silvia Mordini’s definition. She writes:
“Appreciation makes us aware of the blessings present in our life, from moment to moment. There is always something to be grateful for if you are fully engaged in what’s happening in the now, instead of replaying the past or worrying about the future.”
How to create a Bulletproof Gratitude Practice?
- Start a gratitude journal. This can be your very own space to draw, create, scribble. Try writing 5 things you are grateful for when you wake up in the morning and 5 things you are grateful for just before you go to bed.
- Write some ‘Random Appreciation Notes’ – You can drop them in letterboxes, hand them out in shopping centres, leave them on a loved ones pillow, get creative.
- Share a Thankful Card – On that special person’s important day, take the time to list 3-5 things about them that you are thankful for and share with them.
- Start a Gratitude Board – Make a DIY chalkboard and put it somewhere in your house. Everyday write something different you are thankful for.
- Communicate LOVE – Share your kindness, say thank you to the sales assistant, tell your family, your partner, your pets how much you love them.
Top 7 benefits of having a grateful mind:
- You develop a new understanding of forgiveness and you are able to willingly release forgiveness into the world
- You strengthen your immune system
- You experience more and more positive emotions (think happiness, joy, pleasure, love) YES PLEASE!
- Your energy levels increase
- Reduction in wanting more or seeking more (focus shifts from external to internal)
- Your sleeping patterns improve
- Your confidence and risk-taking skills will increase and strengthen
Be thankful for that person that just cut in front of you, who made you slam your breaks on and spill your morning coffee all over yourself. Be grateful for the traffic, the bumper-to-bumper crawl. Allow it to remind you, you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to access paid employment; you have the opportunity to earn an income and to provide for yourself and your family.
These experiences, the ones we tend to describe as negative, are not staged, there is a lesson to be learnt in everything.
Dig deep, open your heart and share thanks.
Gratitude really can change the world and your experience within it. Use your words wisely and give thanks today.
I’ll start us off by sharing a heart-warming balloon full of thanks for each and every one of you. Thank you for being here. Thank you for supporting this community. Thank you for choosing to empower yourself. Thank you for being you. There is no one else on this entire planet that can offer exactly what you can offer.
Share with us below,
What are you grateful for today, right now?
What benefits have you noticed after you give thanks?
What do appreciation and kindness look like for you?
Happy Gratitude Creating Amazing Community.