There’s something magical about the four words I’m going to share with you. There is more power in saying these words with emotion, then in anything else I know.
And yet, you’ve heard them before….they are not a secret, nor are they hidden from you. In fact, I’m guessing that this post will reveal nothing new to you, but will powerfully remind you of the easiest way to be happy and peaceful in life.
Ok, I won’t make you wait another minute! The words are:
“I am thankful for _____”.
See, I told you — nothing new here. But please keep reading….for when you use these four words (followed by whatever big or small thing/ person/ experience that you are thankful for), they will absolutely change your life! And that’s a guarantee…
No matter WHAT is going on in your life (foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, loss of a family member, illness, loss of job), by taking time (several times a day if possible) to focus yourself on the things that you ARE thankful for in your life, you will change your emotional well-being and perspective on life.
Try it! I urge you to try it. Don’t set this aside with all the other well-intentioned self-improvement ideas you’ve saved. This is the ONE that is most important.
Begin with something small. Think of an item you own that you enjoy. Bring emotion to your words, as you say “I am thankful for _____”.
Then move on to another item, then an experience you’ve had (ie “I am thankful for hitting mostly green lights on the way to work today.”). As you can see, these don’t have to be big things … just little things that make your life better.
So why does this work? Well, by noticing and being appreciative for small little things in your life, you are growing and strengthening your “gratitude muscle”. And as it develops, so does your ability to appreciate and value more and more things/ people/ experiences.
And as you become more grateful for all these aspects of your life, you are actually shifting your perspective on life. You’re shifting it to one of gratitude — that no matter what is going on around you, you are able to find something to be thankful for.
And by shifting your focus to this space of gratitude, you will feel differently……!! You will begin to feel happy, peaceful, and accepting of life’s surprises. No this won’t stop “bad” things from happening, but it WILL help you to see your world differently and feel better in response to those “bad” things. And honestly, isn’t that what we all want?!
Please jump into the discussion and share your experiences with gratitude…