Cultivate A Gratitude Attitude

"Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and
creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

One way to receive more blessings is to cultivate a gratitude attitude.  We might think that being more grateful  for  what we have is about making others feel good. That’s just part of it.  You’ll reap the benefits of every effort you make as much, or more, as anyone.

When we talk about cultivating an attitude of gratitude we’re talking about our mental processes, our mindset, even our own feelings and outlook on life. Yes, that will certainly improve our relationships as we work at this but let’s understand why that happens.

You've probably heard that to lose weight, we need to empty our pantry of high sugar and processed foods.

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you probably already know that that process can include many slip-ups. What happens after that? We call ourselves names  and pile on the guilty feelings. Eventually, buried under all the derision, we give up and add one more failure to the heap of perceived failures we’ve been counting up all our lives.

Let’s look at this in the context of cultivating an attitude of gratitude.

First, in order to cultivate anything, we want to create a healthy environment for it. Similar to emptying out your pantry. In this case, unless we empty some things out of our life,  growing that feeling of gratefulness in out heart may feel like an uphill battle until we accept, understand, and then remove some barriers.

In hypnosis therapy it is sometimes called Parts Therapy. Look at the parts of you or your thinking that are no longer serving you in your new intention of growing more grateful.  As you cultivate a gratitude attitude with our tips, or any other way, these old parts will gradually ease away but being aware of them will help you to heal yourself of anything painful opening the door for healing and peace.

Remember when you empty out your pantry, you’re expected to replace the food you no longer want with high quality food you need for good health. Clearing out one to make room for the other then check off your favorites from the list below to fill the void. 

Second, no matter how much you want to cultivate a gratitude attitude all the time, there will be times when you may feel darn right selfish. Oops!  If you do, take a long pause before you start berating yourself – use it as an opportunity to look inside.  Understanding yourself in those moments opens the windows of your heart to more gratefulness and brings peace to your life.

How To Cultivate A Gratitude Attitude:     

To cultivate a gratitude attitude, we have to take time from our busy day and remember to give thanks for all the blessings that keep coming our way on a daily basis. Gratitude keeps us focused on what we have rather than all the things we don't have. When we focus on the negatives in our life, we are kept in a victim mentality.  The poor me syndrome.

We may not realize that gratitude is a choice and that it doesn't always come easily to some.  Most of us were taught as children to say "thank you" when someone gave us a present or did something nice for us.  After a while, that “thank you” can feel glib, possibly meaningless if we say it without meaning it.  We enlarge upon those feelings in a positive way, when  we take steps to cultivate our feelings of thankfulness.  the attitude of gratitude.

It’s never too late to change. Practicing gratitude is a skill which is never too late to develop. As you add this habit into your life, happiness, peace of mind, and your personal strength will grow in you and others around you.

Simple Ways To Cultivate A Gratitude Attitude:     

1. Express Sincere Gratitude

When you are grateful for the things that you have and express gratitude, it takes it to another level and opens the door to feeling optimistic. Optimism is a skill that can be cultivated and one of the ways to develop it is to think, feel, and express gratitude both for the small and the big things that take place in your life.

2. The Law of Attraction and Gratitude

An important way to apply the Law of Attraction is to raise your vibration by acknowledging and giving thanks for what you have or experience.

When you are in a state of gratitude, you are resonating and sending out a frequency of acceptance and harmony, and as a result, you resonate at a much higher vibrational frequency. This frequency is what attracts to you the events, conditions, and circumstances that you desire.

In other words, when you focus on something in your mind, you tend to see those things appear in your life also. Like attracts like.

3. A Grateful Heart

Taking time out with quiet moments of relaxation is surely a necessary step to finding peace in our life and enabling us to chart a new course for the future. It is in these moments we often hear that still, small voice that guides and directs us as we strive to cultivate a gratitude attitude.

Strive to cultivate a gratitude attitude in quiet moments. As we focus on a relaxing activity our minds open.

A grateful heart begins by reflecting and contemplating on all the wonderful things around you.  It has to do with a state of being and has to be cultivated by self-reflection. It comes by considering how life has supported you.

Things as simple as listening to the birds sing or enjoying the taste of a homegrown tomato can be cause for celebration when you focus on having a grateful heart.

4.Gratitude Quotes

A simple way to strengthen our resolve to express gratitude is by reflecting on gratitude quotes. As we contemplate on the truth of these powerful sayings by people from all walks of life, they help us make a subtle shift in the way we perceive life and enable us to concentrate on the positive things, rather than the negative.

Here's a few you might like, starting by repeating our first quote:

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,

and creates a vision for tomorrow.

 Melody Beattie

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,

but the parent of all the others.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.

James Herriot

At the age of 18, I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. I dove into a endless sea of gratitude from which I've never emerged.

Patch Adams

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude Will Help You To Rewrite The Story Of Your Life

How To Cultivate A Gratitude Attitude & Beyond:     

It sounds so easy - and it can be - but sometimes we look at ideas like these and no matter wise they seem, or how obvious ('why didn't I think of that?') and we can truly agree that instilling just one of those tips in our daily life, we're still sitting there thinking, yeah, right, if you only knew my problems.

The truth is all too often those negative thoughts are too strong for us to argue with sometimes. That's part of the secret of the ideas above - if we can actually make ourselves "do" something positive, those negative thoughts and feelings, start to disappear.

That's what personal strength is. Pushing aside how we're feeling when we hear negative thoughts and just doing it anyway. It's not being perfect every day, it's making little bits of effort to improve ourselves and our lives.

You'll soon be there...walking your path on the road to happiness. But if you need some extra help right now (think of it as doing a some laps around the park or 10 push-ups to boost your fitness) then here are a selection of programs that will help you.

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More Gratitude Tips:     

Improve 5 Skills To Increase Your Happiness
Simple Ways To Add Gratitude Into Your Daily Life

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