My son graduated from university yesterday. I was literally overflowing with happiness and joy and could not stop my heart nor my face from smiling all day long. How grateful and thankful I am, was all I could think of and I thought to myself, what better topic to share with all of you other than “Gratitude”.
So what is Gratitude? It is the quality or feeling of being thankful and grateful for something, no matter how big or small. It is that positive emotion of expressing appreciation for what one has, and acknowledging the existence of all the different blessings in one’s life. Not only is gratitude a great trait to have, but it also has so many benefits on all levels.
Gratitude is a practice and should be cultivated on regular basis, until it becomes a second nature to us. People who practice gratitude regularly by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for, experience more positive emotions, sleep better, feel more alive, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. Does it get any better? You bet it does. Gratitude acts as a magnet for miracles, and who doesn’t welcome a miracle in his life?
The simplest and best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to pay attention and be aware of the new things we are grateful for every single day. Starting a Gratitude Journal is a great way to cultivate this practice because it slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on and by choosing to write specific things we’re grateful for, even if they seem silly to us.
Being grateful for a cup of coffee we enjoyed while reading our favorite book is a great journal entry for example, or that feeling of appreciation when talking to a special friend. I, for one, am grateful for every inhale and every exhale I take. It does not have to be something super special or extremely big in order for us to feel gratitude towards it.
We just need to be sure to stretch ourselves beyond the great stuff right in front of us by opening our eyes to more of the world around us, and that can deeply enhance our gratitude practice. Why not make a game out of noticing new things each day? It will make life way more interesting and we’ll start attracting more positive things into it. For the more grateful we are; the more things we’ll receive to be grateful for.
Namaste my loves!
Lina Zalloum Is An Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Pranic Healer And Energy Medicine Practitioner.