Friday, November 20, 2009
Gratitude and Thanks
First of all, I want to thank you so much for tuning in and for your feedback! I've been paying attention to what people have been telling me they want to see on this blog (including the survey on the lower left of this page) and it's great to have that information. And, although recipes are the #1 request, inner wellness tips are up there too. So, in the best spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to bring our attention today to the quality of gratitude.
And, I have to say that gratitude...wait, Gratitude with a capital G, deserves a primo spot on the inner wellness team. It's easy to implement, fun, makes you feel good, and is almost magical in its effects. It truly can help you turn things around in every aspect of your life.
For those of you who have Radiant Health, Inner Wealth (and I'm grateful for you!), you can check out the chapter called "Unconditional Gratitude is THE attitude." Otherwise, I've decided to list a few tips today that can help us feel more grateful in our lives. Because being thankful (to yourself, your friends, your life, your higher power, and everything else) will create a magical shift in your life. And you are guaranteed to like it.
Five tiny tips to create Grandiose Gratitude:
1. When you wake up in the morning, think of 5-10 things you are grateful for.
2. Before you go to bed at night, think of 5-10 things you are grateful for. This may sound a little like the first suggestion, but it's completely different. Or not.
3. You can either apply this next tip to all of your relationships or just choose one person to start with. Begin by consciously focusing on what you are thankful for in that relationship. Think of ten things that you love about that person. Then, make an effort to say thank you to them more often, as well as choosing an attitude of praise (vs. criticism) when interacting with them. After a day or two, you'll see some pretty positive shifts in your relationship--and for this reason, this exercise is great to practice on people that challenge you (or that you don't even like that well)!
4. Now, apply all of the good ju-ju from suggestion #3 to yourself. Love and appreciate yourself more. The next time you look in the mirror, don't criticize the parts of your body that aren't "perfect." Instead, focus on what you love about your body and why you're thankful for it. Be kind, grateful, and loving with yourself...and watch the goodness roll in like a tidal wave of sparkling thankfulness confetti. (Over the top? You know you love it.)
5. The next time something doesn't go your way (or just plain bites the big one), try something unusual. Give thanks. You don't have to mean it, or even say it out loud. Just be aware that the experience at hand just might be a gift in disguise, there to teach you something beautiful. I'll tell you for a fact that the more you practice this, the more you will be amazed at the positive shifts in your life.
Finally, I'd like to thank you, lovely reader, for being here and for your support and enthusiasm. You inspire me, and for that I am so thankful!! XO