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Life’s Secret Sauce – Gratitude

It doesn’t take much, nor is it hard to find something to be grateful for when you make the time to look. There are abundant opportunities to show your thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude. The world is a wonderful place and all you and I have to do is take a peek.
Study upon study have shown that those who practice feeling grateful and expressing their gratitude exhibit heightened alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. They have less depression and stress and are more likely to make greater progress toward achieving personal goals.
Living out of being grateful is a powerful and rewarding place to come from. It promotes a happy outlook on life.
The book The Secret refers to gratitude extensively. In one section Rhonda Byrne talks of a Gratitude Rock, a keep sake you carry with you as a reminder to be grateful. I recently misplaced the stone I have been carrying with me. Rather than being upset about it I found reason to be grateful for having had that particular stone for so long. I’ve replaced it with another so the intent remains.
How to Be Grateful

What does it take to have gratitude in your life? Like everything else it takes practice. You must learn to be grateful and have gratitude. You can be grateful at any time and in any place. Here’s a simple process in which to get started.
1. Firstly, take notice of your surroundings. Relax, look around you, find something, anything, of interest, something pretty, a color, a shape, a scene and be thankful for it and your ability to see it, smell it, or touch it. Appreciate that is it in the world and in your world. Let the feeling well up within you. Put a big grin on your face as an acknowledgement of your gratitude. Let that work its magic on you.
2. Now pick something else, say something in nature, and appreciate it. Be grateful for the sun, the rain and the wind, the birds, the bugs and the bees. Be grateful for the cycles of life, the day that turns into night and the night that turns into day. Be grateful for the cycles of the moon the rotation of the earth and its orbit around the sun.
3. Next pick something a little more challenging to be grateful for. Pick an upsetting situation, a troubling incident or a person you’re not very fond of and be thankful for each one. Whether you know it now or not each of these has probably taught you a valuable life lesson, one you can carry with you from now on. This may be more difficult as there is probably emotion tied up in it. Find a reason to be grateful and appreciative.
Everything happens for a reason. Fortunately, we can be patent to learn what that is. We must be open to recognize the gift in a circumstance that may not appear to be a gift.
Be grateful for the people in your life… all of them; the people both good and not so good.
Be grateful for the times in which you live, for you have no choice in that matter, but you do have choice show gratitude. Be grateful that you can show gratitude and the joy it brings.
Here are a couple of additional suggestions to cause gratitude to be in your life:
– Start a gratitude journal and daily write down the things, no matter how seemingly insignificant, for which you are grateful.
– Close your emails or posts with something you have gratitude for. Focus on what’s good in the world, on the things you want.
– Before you go to sleep every night say 3 things you are grateful for and end the exercise with, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
These are simple tasks that can make a huge difference in your gratitude attitude in a very short time.
I am grateful to you for taking your precious time to read this post. Thank you!
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“The riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude.”
~Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich
“The greatest and most resultful of all prayers are those offered as gratitude for the blessings we already have.”~Napoleon Hill
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
~Epicurus
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
~Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
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Rick Lelchuk

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