GRATITUDE … what is it really?

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Gratitude starts and ends my days.  I am so very grateful for all the opportunities that I have in my life, for all the people who surround and love me, and for all the experiences I have daily to support me to grow and learn.  I ask you, why would I not be grateful?

I hear people complaining about their life, their work, their partner and more.  WHY I ask?

Gratitude – noun
                    the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

To be able to wake up, hear the birds singing, to see a sky no matter what the colour, to feel the fresh air and smell any blossom is an honour.  We are here to live in the fullness of what our life and experiences give us to become the best we can become.  We only have this moment to change and be who and what we want.

^ECEBEFB008277A9E5750DBDAC5E81BB2BDD2CF7400757D6205^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrGratitude can turn denial into acceptance, confusion into clarity and chaos into order. If given the opportunity it can turn a meal into a feast, a stranger into a best friend and a house into a home. It is all our perception on how we see and experience the world around us.  Allow gratitude to unlock the fullness of life within you now, today!

By making sense of your past, peacefulness can come today creating a vision for tomorrow that brings you the happiness you desire and deserve.

Being grateful is a precious process that we can use to allay our fears and worries, our ego and negativity.  There are different things we can do to help us move forward if we struggle with things to be grateful for in our life.

We only need to take a bit of time daily, and it does not have to take much time, to give thanks for all we have.  Whomever you are thanking is up to you.  Maybe it is yourself for being who you are at this moment in time.

Some of the things you can do in those few moments are:

  1. Internet – google a quote for the day;
  2. Add a post to social media of thanks to whomever you feel grateful for in your life at that moment;
  3. Journal – write your thoughts on what has happened during your day finding at least one thing to be grateful for;
  4. Gratitude Bowl – write a note on a post-it note and add at least one gratitude note a day;
  5. Watch a short video – if you don’t know where to find them go to https://www.youtube.com/user/cinemacircle and see the free short videos;
  6. Tell someone when you appreciate something they’ve done;
  7. Take photos of people or things you are grateful for and post them on social media

There is a quote on the internet that I particularly like ….

Wikapedia:   according to Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist:

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.”

 Multiple studies have shown the correlation between gratitude and increased wellbeing not only for the individual but for all people involved.

 The positive psychology movement has embraced these studies and in an effort to increase overall wellbeing, has begun to make an effort to incorporate exercises to increase gratitude into the movement. Although in the past gratitude has been neglected by psychology, in recent years much progress has been made in studying gratitude and its positive effects.

Gratitude is really appreciation for all the good things that happen to us as a person in our life, day by day.  This is what gives us the feelings of goodness in our heart.  So many benefits are gained when one is grateful and aware of all the things around them that are for them as an individual from some perspective.  So, increase your own self gratitude as well as the gratitude you have for others and notice how things around you start to change.

I ask you to consider what gratitude means to you as an individual.

For me it means appreciating all the good things in my life, which in turn lifts my mood whilst increasing my positiveness, especially when things are not as good as I want at a particular moment in time.

^58033BA84E4336F54083484EF79FDCCABBEE90CC90EE0A02B3^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrWhen you have that great feeling of thankfulness or appreciate something that someone has done for you, the feeling you have at that time is ‘gratitude’.  It is a time when you are usually in a positive mindset and are reflecting.  It has been shown through research that people who have high levels of gratitude gain many benefits from a well-being and health perspective.  So by focusing on increasing your level of thanks for what is happening in your life, you can change your whole demeanour which is recognisable by those around you.

So, let me suggest that if you are one of those people who find it hard to be grateful for your life and what it brings to you, go and find something that you can be thankful for, as if you really look, you will find that your life has some wonderful memories lurking somewhere.  Go back into your memory bank and find the good times, recall and relive them as much as you can.

We all have things that can come into this category.  Some are small instances we took for granted and others are great accomplishments, often not recognised until sometime in the future.  Our family and friends, goals we have achieved in the past, having somewhere to live and the opportunities that it gives you, the people who come and go from your life, etc. all have something there to ponder on and consider.  The list of course goes on and on if you wish to consider.

I suggest that you become aware of the little things that happen each day.

Who has made you smile with a comment or joke?  Is the day glorious weatherwise giving you an opportunity to go out and relax in the energy it brings? Did someone unexpectedly smile or talk to you, or you at them and a feeling of gratitude happened, OR did someone help you carry something or do something unexpected?  These are all little things and all the little things become big things when you put them all together.

I wish you the wonderment of being grateful for your life.  May your day bring you much gratitude and many blessings.


Jennie is available for one-on-one sessions via Skype or in person.
For more information email her at jennie@jenniegorman.com.au

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