It’s here! My favorite holiday of the year is this Thursday!
Thanksgiving did indeed begin with a shared autumn harvest feast between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag tribe in 1621, and that’s what I choose to focus on. This is a beautiful, yet rare example of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.
But I digress. I’m here to talk about gratitude and bring together the last three articles on how to live a grateful life.
There are few things more powerful than a life filled with gratitude. As we’ve seen, when you’re grateful, you reap benefits like better health, more optimism, greater happiness, stronger relationships and less negativity. Gratitude is a superpower like that.
And yet it’s one thing to read and talk about gratitude, and quite another to live it. Remember that gratitude is a way of living, a state of being. It’s a habit that can be cultivated with practice, and the more grateful you are the more your gratitude grows. That is a crucial part of the equation if you are to experience that power of gratitude.
As you begin your shift towards gratitude, you will notice some amazing things begin to happen in your life. Take happiness for example. As you feel more grateful, you will experience greater happiness, which leads to more gratitude, then greater happiness, and so on.
And that thing about better relationships? You will find that your gratitude practice actually rubs off on those around you – they become more grateful as well.
So begin and end each day with a grateful heart. Go through your day giving thanks for all the good things you have received and will receive. Gratitude will change your life in ways that you never could have imagined.
Start your gratitude practice right now, today. As soon as you’re through reading this, sit down with your journal and write three things you’re grateful for. This practice, and the other gratitude strategies mentioned last week, will lead you into a life of deeper, more profound gratitude.
I am thankful for each and every one of you who are part of this community of peace seekers. My heart is full of gratitude.
Now go share your gratitude with the world – your joyful, powerful, abundant life is waiting for you!