I am grateful. Each day I wake up and thank the Universe for the life I have and the opportunities that come to me. I feel it in my bones, I breathe it and I live it. I certainly have my bad days, but I consciously try to change my thoughts (not always an easy task). Being a part of the Simply Blossoming community has allowed me to learn and grow from the women who I have come to know and respect. We share tips and tricks for having a happy life and gratitude is front and centre.
Not only does focusing on being thankful make you feel good, it actually attracts amazing things into your life! We all know the law of attraction where “like attracts like” – so when you focus on the things you LOVE about your life, the universe will give you MORE. When you focus on worry, you will receive more issues to worry about. There is amazing research underway by Dr. Robert Emmons at the University of California where they are studying the power and potential of gratitude. Have a look at their findings – is there a way you can incorporate a daily practice of gratitude?
A summary of their findings so far:
- In an experimental comparison, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).
- A related benefit was observed in the realm of personal goal attainment: Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared to subjects in the other experimental conditions.
- A daily gratitude intervention (self-guided exercises) with young adults resulted in higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy compared to a focus on hassles or a downward social comparison (ways in which participants thought they were better off than others). There was no difference in levels of unpleasant emotions reported in the three groups.
- Children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and their families (Froh, Sefick, & Emmons, 2008).
Today I want you to write down 10 things you are grateful for – little and BIG! Give that list a big kiss and send the positive vibration out to the universe! Then trust.