In Positive Psychology research, Harvard Health published that “Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.
Gratitude helps people
-feel more positive emotions
-relish good experiences
-improve their health
-deal with adversity and
-build strong relationships”
Living through the ups and downs of life can be tough as we all know very well, but there’s still plenty that can help us to keep our spirits up.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Where your focus goes, your energy flows?”
Sometimes this is hard to hear but it doesn’t make it any less true.
I’ve heard that from so many people it’s hard to know who the true source is. I think it’s Tony Robbins but don’t quote me on that one.
There are some really good things that we can take away from that quote.
“Where your focus goes, your energy flows”
What do you want to get bigger in your life?
What do you want to have more of?
That’s where you need to put your focus.
Believe it or not,
You get to choose every moment of every day where you choose to put your focus.
Do you choose to focus on the good things that are happening to you and around you AND do you do it on a regular basis?
Or do you allow yourself to get stuck in regular pity-parties?
Think of the quality of life that you would have if you chose to focus on the positive things that are happening around you every day.
We get to choose every single day if we will focus on the things that we’re grateful for or on the things that aren’t going our way.
I’m a big Michael Hyatt fan and I love what he teaches about gratitude:
Quote…“Gratitude keeps us hopeful. Our circumstances look a certain way, then something happens to improve them. Gratitude happens when we take notice of the distance between the two.
Gratitude improves our patience.
Achieving big goals takes time and effort.
Gratitude can keep us in the game.
Gratitude reminds us we have agency.
If we didn’t use our agency to receive and act on what others have done for us, we wouldn’t have benefited.
Gratitude expands possible responses.
Gratitude moves us into a place of abundance. A place where we’re more resourceful, creative, generous, optimistic and kind.
When we’re operating from a place of scarcity, we are more likely to be close-minded, tight-fisted, gloomy and even mean.
Most of us know this from practical experience. We feel better, perform better and respond to life’s ups and downs better when we’re grateful.” Close quote
Another favorite author of mine is Richard Paul Evans. In his book, “Lost December” he wrote,
“Joy isn’t the natural response to blessings… Joy is what comes from acknowledging them.”
Do you look for hidden opportunities to feel joy?
Or do you find yourself focusing more on the negative things that are happening?
It’s definitely easier to see the negative. I think our brain goes there because it’s trying to protect us from the negative. I think it just takes a little perspective shift.
I’ve said it many times, becoming aware of what we want can really open up a whole new view of what we see.
Sometimes we lose our gratitude for things because they become ordinary.
You can find new magic and appreciation for these types of things by imagining your life without them.
See if that helps with your level of gratitude.
Look around you at things that happen every day. What has moved its way into the background because it happens so often?
My dad recently passed away and do you know one of the first things my mom noticed he did that she never really recognized? He went out into the kitchen and living room and opened all of the drapes. She never realized the opportunity to be grateful for this because it had been something he always did.
What’s something that is happening around you that you’ve not recognized before?
Actively look for things to be grateful for.
Really spend some time and enjoy doing this today and for as long as you can remember to do it. There are so many benefits that come to you, just from the feelings that come from being grateful. You’ll notice that you just feel better when you’re in the state of gratitude!
I’d love it if you’d share some of what you noticed to be grateful for in the comments for this podcast. Leave me a rating while you’re there and follow or subscribe to the show too. That way you will be notified every time I put up a new episode.
I’m really excited to see what you come up with because they help me remember even more things that I’m grateful for too.
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