The simple act of giving thanks underpins a growing confidence that the world is full of good things that come your way.
If you begin to notice and acknowledge the things in your life that sustain you and bring you comfort & joy – life lessons that make you stronger – you begin to build a strong foundation of mental & emotional strength.
By adopting that attitude of gratitude that people make posters about – you are sending out a huge, loving YES to the world – to your friends, colleagues & family and the people you meet.
Giving thanks for the little things as well as the ‘big ticket’ items is a genuine fast track to feeling good.
There’s plenty of evidence to back this up and a gratifying number of people are engaging in small experiments with gratitude & thanks using social media to share the things they feel blessed by on a daily basis. Don’t pass that Facebook nomination over – give it a go.
Whether your life is rooted in the secular or spiritual – you will understand the function of prayer – which seems to me to be a moment of devotion based on acknowledging everything that we have reason to be thankful for while asking for guidance to create abundance – however that may be manifest in our particular personal life.
Call it prayer, call it cosmic ordering – call it Woowoo Fizbangery for all I care – the process of focusing on the gifts we receive allows us to consciously experience acceptance. Good things happen – and they happen every day. Often this bounty happens directly to us – sometimes just around us and when we broaden our thanks to include the people we love & cherish then we start to create a freakin’ avalanche of gratefulness.
Ditch your Bitchin’
Here’s an idea that did the rounds a few months ago and I am hauling it out again in lieu of resolutions – for a whole 24 hours ditch all your woe talking, all negativity and start sayin ‘ta!’ Notice all the stuff that gives you ease and makes you smile. Say thank-you with genuine warmth to the people who give you service – it doesn’t matter if they’re smiling or not – be kind and offer them your thanks.
You will feel like a million dollars – two million when someone smiles back.
We are hard wired to connect with each other and just by opening up a little to gratitude we get to experience how rewarding making a connection can be.
I’m just back from a little local café where the owner sits lone customers together. There were a couple of regulars who haven’t met with each other before, nattering away over lunch – sharing their stories, yakking about nothing much at all really. The old lady was wearing a pair of fantastic knee high Christmassy socks – I bet she is grateful for how warm they are – I’m grateful that she donned them to come out to day. They show off her eccentric spirit & her sense of fun – and they make me feel happy.
We are born to be happy.
We are born to be loved.