If you want to be happy, be. ~ Leo Tolstoy
Before you read this post, I highly recommend watching this 10 minute video for inspiration… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoiEkyuQ&feature=youtu.be
The most important way to change your life which is often highly undervalued, is to be grateful. Being grateful is a simple yet very effective way to stay positive, improving your focus and assisting you through trials and hurdles. It improves your vibrations using the law of attraction and helps you stay focused on your goals, as well as recognising how blessed you are and what you have already achieved.
The simplest way to be grateful is to make it part of your daily routine. Every day when you wake up and/or go to bed, think of something you are grateful for. It can be simple things like your home, the sun, loved ones, nail polish, your car, or related to an event that occurred that day. Especially if you have had a ‘bad day’, this is a great way to ‘look on the bright side’ and find a positive learning from the event or attitude that occurred that day. This releases tension and gives you a bright positive start and finish to every day. We cannot be unhappy when we are grateful.
You can also choose to keep a grateful journal or list. Write down a number of things you are grateful for, or add one thing every day. Review the list regularly to remind you how blessed you are and uplift your spirits. If you enjoy writing, you can keep a more detailed journal, describing one event or experience you are grateful for each day. You will inspire yourself to think of new things to be grateful for, or things you have forgotten that you are lucky to have or experience. This also acts as a valuable reminder of what you have already achieved so far in your lifetime or for the year, which will really help you when you review your goals.
If you do not like writing, you can keep a picture version of your grateful book. Get a large book (so you can fill it every day for a year, or you may choose to create a new one every month or quarter) and fill it with images such as photos, artwork, graphics or clippings from magazines. You can get really creative with this, so it is something you look forward to creating and looking at. It also then doubles as a hobby or meditation, as a time for reflection and serenity.
With all the technology available these days it is even easier to quickly be grateful every day. You can create an album or document on any mobile, tablet or computer, so your list or images are portable. This is great when you are having a tough day at work, to remind that things are not so bad. You can also use online platforms to make it even easier. Write a status update or tweet something you are grateful for every day. Or you can create a photo album on facebook, tumblr or flickr and add a new picture every day. I love doing this as it shares my gratitude with those around me, and is becoming very popular all over the internet with blogs, pages and websites entirely dedicated to gratitude. You can see what I’m grateful for on twitter @TheUltimate_You for inspiration.
By being positive about every experience you have this year, it will ultimately be your best year yet. Remember, if you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep – you are richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet and some spare change – you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness – you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, imprisonment, or the horrible pangs of hunger – you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering. If you can read this article – you are more fortunate than the 3 billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
What are you grateful for?