How to Use Gratitude to Find Happiness.
The Magic of gratitude?
Always end your day with gratitude, its the simple way to happiness.
Gratitude is an amazing phenomenon. One of the most powerful ways to use gratitude in your life is to end every day writing about what you are grateful for. It has amazing powers to transform your life.
Is stress a big problem for your day?
Do you say I am not going to get upset when this happens at work, yet you do? Do you say, when that so and so comes in again I am not going to let him or her make me made, yet he or she does? Maybe you have trouble with your spouse.
There are so many things that can set us off and no matter how many times we say, not today, we still get upset.
How can I stop getting upset?
I have asked myself this and fretted over not knowing a solution.
I have tried the following with some results:
- Positive thinking
- Neural Linguistic Programming
- Getting a lot of sleep
- Quitting my job
- Taking up a new hobby
- Even going on vacation
All of these solutions have provided some relief. Some of these solutions I have to admit, I didn’t use properly.
The problem being a lack of knowledge and persistence.
The following is my best favorite solution!
Out of all of these solutions, I found that I did have some really great results. My greatest relief though came from a simple task that can be done at the end of your day with very little effort. At least if you do it my way.
Its a Gratitude Journal!
Here are the simple steps to Journal Within:
- Get a blank journal, I will have a custom one later this year available on Amazon.
- Get a nice writing pen to go with your journal.
- Put them on your pillow every morning after you make your bed.
- Each night before your get in bed, write down several things, that you are grateful for, appreciative of or thankful for.
Then a bonus that helps you sleep is to make a short list of tomorrow’s activities. Now you no longer need to worry about forgetting what you wrote down.
Note: do all this in cursive and number everything. Cursive and numbers are loved by your subconscious and help your gratitude to become accepted quicker.
This may seem crazy but I can tell you from my own personal experience. It works. You don’t need to understand how it works for it to work. Just do it. It is like driving a car, you have no idea how it works, it just does. You get in (turn the key, old school) push button and press on the gas to go.
The Journal Within process is the same, you write it down at night before bed and overnight as you sleep it works.
Gratitude vs Appreciation
Below is a thought provoking video about gratitude and appreciation.
I have learned about a YouTube video that talks about Gratitude vs Appreciation. Which one is better or more powerful?
I have made this video by Gratitude expert Esther Hicks available for you.
Her YouTube caption says:
“Esther Hicks explains why appreciation is so powerful in transforming our experience, as well as how we can cultivate appreciation, how we can use it, and why an emphasis on gratitude is less effective.”
Watch it right now or come back later.
Why we need to show and feel our gratitude every day.
I was at a personal development seminar many years back. Renowned motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar was speaking. He mentioned that we need some motivation every day. It’s the same as needing a bath every day.
You get dirty every day so you take a bath every day to get clean again.
Well, every day we get dirty again physically and mentally also.
Because of this, we need to acknowledge our gratitude every day.
I can personally vouch for this.
On the days I skip my journal because I am too tired, or just don’t feel like it or forget. I may or may not have a bad day tomorrow. It depends on how the day goes. If it’s a bad day I will wish I had done my gratitude’s. If it’s a great day, then it probably won’t matter.
It’s like a huge shield from all the crap life can throw at you.
The choice is yours!
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Thanks for reading my blog. Hope it makes your life just a little bit better. You deserve it because you are a precious human being.
“Life is to be enjoyed and shared with others.”
Keith K Wilhelm