Consistent gratitude is one of the most powerful tools that you can use to propel yourself into a brighter tomorrow. Gratitude is not some kind of magical shortcut, though. It will not necessarily create any changes outside of yourself. What it can do for you, however, is open you up to other opportunities.
As you become aware of the multitude of blessings already present in your life, you can begin to focus on abundance more and more. This can set you on a path to a mental state rich in optimism. This transformation takes place as you begin to express genuine gratitude to others, and start feeling gratitude for everything in your life that brings you joy.
Be Receptive to Abundance
A great way to increase your awareness of the abundance that you already possess is to start a gratitude journal. You do not have to wait for something great to come into your life to appreciate your current life. Instead, just open your notebook once a day and take a few minutes to write down everything you are thankful for in that moment.
You can feel grateful for anything, large or small. On days when you think you have absolutely nothing to be appreciative for, you can prime the pump by taking stock of the little things. For instance, take note of the air you are breathing or the food in your pantry.
Once you realize that there are so many things to be grateful for, you will find that you can think of more and more blessings in your life.
After several weeks of journaling in this way, you may find that you are spontaneously running into “good luck.”
Some New Agers will tell you that your new found luck is due to “positive vibrations.” But, I think that is probably has more to do with training your brain to spot opportunities more often. You have convinced your subconscious that you are positively swimming in abundance. And why not? You deserve it!
Gratitude as a Tool
Gratitude can put you on the path to becoming a stronger person. Use gratitude proactively to arm yourself against negativity and tough times. Focus on what you do have as opposed to what you do not have.
A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology entitled “Counting Blessings versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-being in Daily Life” found that those who maintained a grateful attitude experienced greater physical and psychological well-being.
The study claims that daily gratitude increases self-esteem. It also reduces materialism, envy, and self-centered tendencies. Gratitude can also help you to form more meaningful relationships and generate social capital and influence. People who consistently express gratitude are trusted more than those who do not.
Still other studies suggest that as you cultivate gratitude, you are more likely to grow in response to stress, instead of shrink. Keeping the things that you are thankful for in your mind, you can help reduce stress, as well ass, your physical and mental reactions to stressors. When you deal with stressors in a more proactive manner, other people will notice your new-found confidence.
All of these effects combine to create new opportunities in your life that you would not otherwise notice.
So, get started. Begin a gratitude journal, or add it to your regular journal entries, and let the stress melt away. Open yourself up to the possibility of abundance. You will be grateful that you did!