We all want to be successful and obtain all that life has to offer. Why then is the first and key principle to gaining this life gratitude? I have been pondering on why this is so important and how to do it effectively.
When we are grateful, it makes us happier. When we are happy, we act differently than when we are, for example, sad. In a very literal way, it changes our vibration – how fast our molecules in our body are moving. We are always in a state of vibration, and we can change our vibration based on how we feel. Don’t believe me? Consider how you feel and act when you are: Sad, Happy, Angry, Tired, Depressed, Worried, Excited, and Anxious. Your body slouches or it stands taller. You breathe faster or slower. You don’t make eye contact or you recognize details about the world around you. You also choose your activities based on what you feel. It is hard to get a depressed person out of bed for example, but a happy person wants to get moving. Your body acts different ways in conjunction with those feelings. Feelings change the way we act.
If we are grateful for things in our life or things that are coming to our life, we increase our vibration and are in a happier state. This has a direct relationship to your success and growth. When you are happy, you become more productive, and begin looking for ways to accomplish tasks or help others. You are less prone to anger and are in a more relaxed state.
Others around you will notice this relaxed state. Clients want to purchase from someone that is calm, collected, and happy rather than someone who is anxious, bothered, short-tempered, and stressed.
So how do we do it? How do we make sure that the way we show gratitude is effective and moving us toward getting the results we want?
First, it is best to start with it in the morning, when your mind is clear and is receptive to a calm, happy atmosphere. Write down a few things you are grateful for – your son’s laugh, your daughter’s smile, the sunrise, the rain, flowers, your bed…. the list goes on and on. Once you have written down your list, look at each item and feel each item. How do you do that? Picture your son’s laugh in your mind – his mouth wide open, his eyes squinted, head pulled back, the sound of the giggle and the complete joy he feels at that moment. That feeling you get when you picture him in your mind’s eye – that is feeling the gratitude for it. Go through each item on that list and picture it in great detail and experience the emotion associated with it.
Don’t be discouraged if I say that I feel joy, and you describe it as peace or calm. The word is not important, the experience of associating a positive feeling with something in your life is what matters.
Do this exercise daily. When you feel discouraged, worried, anxious, or afraid, do the exercise again. Come up with different items every day – recognize your blessings.
This exercise is a fundamental principle that will govern your state of being if utilized correctly. It will provide you with an inner peace that will allow you to let go of the unimportant things and focus on what truly matters. Practice the law of gratitude – it will do wonders!
Here’s to your success ~
Dr. Jessica and Jeramy Belnap
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