Gratitude Goes A Long Way

Gratitude Goes A Long Way

Always, always be grateful for what you already have.

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How to Find Happiness in 5 Minutes

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Do you ever find yourself lying in bed wide awake right before you sleep? Many people have this experience and are sick of it. I know I am. Numerous thoughts running through your mind that seem impossible to get rid of. Is there a cure? Something natural to help you get a good night’s rest? I have one small word that could help change your sleep pattern into getting the sleep you need. Gratitude. Seek gratitude in everything. What’s more rewarding than being grateful for something? There is so much to be grateful for but most of the time we never realize the small things.

Here’s what you can do to ensure a happy bedtime with little to no worries or stressors in your mind:

  • Keep a journal next to your bed
  • Start off by writing 2-3 things you are grateful for that day
  • Read them silently to yourself
  • Smile and snuggle back in to bed to get a good night’s rest

All it takes is about 5 minutes to go from worrying/overthinking/stressing to feeling better about yourself. If you practice gratitude every night, you’ll see how better you’ll feel instantly. Make it part of your nighttime routine and it will become something you will look forward to each night.

I urge each of you to come up with a few things you are grateful for — and take a minute to share below! Spread gratitude.

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Gratitude Is My Prayer

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Too many times we live with anger, worry, depression and anxiety and not enough happiness, gratefulness, positivity and calmness. If you think about it, we’re actually very greedy people. That’s how it is with both nature and nurture. We live in a society where we WANT WANT WANT instead of NEED NEED NEED. It’s a bad habit we’ve grown up with but it’s time to learn to be more selfless and giving instead of selfish and wanting. I believe if we do tackle the habit of greed and selfishness, there will be more peace in the world.

We all just go about our day in routine like it’s nothing special. We don’t stop and think about what we’re doing or pay attention to the sensations we’re supposed to feel. Especially if we’re working — wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, relax for some time, sleep, and repeat. It’s draining the life out of us slowly. I’ll admit there are some people out there who do like routine, and even I do to a certain point, but we need to feel alive.

There are specific things we can do to help. Wake up, put that beautiful smile on your face and say, “Today’s going to be a wonderful day!”, meditate and/or do some yoga to rejuvenate yourself, and then go to work. Even before that — while you’re in the shower, feel the warm or hot water hitting your body and think about how it makes you feel. Enjoy those little moments — the texture and how hard the water is massaging your skin. While you’re driving to work, pay attention to how you feel and the world around you. We’re all in a hypnosis when we’re driving to each of our destinations, especially when it becomes a repetitive drive. Take it all in and enjoy it for once. When you’re eating your food, pay attention to the taste of your food. Not only will you enjoy each bite more, you’ll be eating more slowly which can help your metabolism regarding weight loss. Food really does taste wonderful, anyone can agree, so do your mind and body a favor and just appreciate what you’re eating.

These are just a few different ways to help you enjoy your day and to help you get through your day even though you feel like you’re stuck or drained. Really just cherish everything because, I know it’s cliche but, there are so many other people out there who have so much less than you do and would give anything to be in your shoes.

Live in the moment. Laugh every day. Love with all your heart. 🙂

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Find Yourself and Just Be

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Why do we let others control us so much? What they say to us — it’s like we’re looking for their approval. That’s only the case for me when it relates to the closest people in my life. My family, my boyfriend, my close friends. We look for the support expecting to get it, especially from those people. But people have different opinions. They’re not always going to agree with you and that’s okay (at least that’s what I’m in the process of learning). We’re all doing our best. We’re trying to survive in this world and play this game of life. We make choices and sometimes they’re the right ones and it’s great, and other times they’re the wrong ones and that’s okay, too. We live and we learn from our mistakes. Except I wouldn’t call something like that a mistake. It’s a learning process. We’re not perfect, so who’s to judge? That’s completely wonderful if you’ve got a different opinion. Say it and be done with it. But the choice we make, the path we decide to ride down, is ours at the end of the day. I’m grateful for all the support I get in life, but it’s a life lesson when it bothers you if you’re not getting that support. It’s up to you and only you because it’s all about you. So my life lesson I’m in the midst of learning is listen to others’ advice, take it if it suits you and don’t let people drag you down if you truly believe in something.

Find your inner peace and let these stressors go. There’s absolutely no point in letting situations such as these bring you down. Work on yourself and make sure you are making the best decisions for yourself.

Find what makes you happy and follow that.

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Today, I am Grateful for…

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There’s one especially easy way to improve your life optimistically that only takes about five minutes per day. Besides meditation, this new technique has helped improved my life in about week. But like anything else, you need to be serious about it and commit otherwise you may not see the results.

The one new technique that can help improve your life is to start a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is a journal used to write down everything you are grateful for that day. You can use any type of journal. Just keep it next to your bed and right before you go to sleep, spend five minutes coming up with at least three things you are grateful for that day. They don’t have to be big events. It could be as simple as:

“I’m grateful for working today — not everybody is able to find a job”

So basically, your journal should be set up kind of like this:

Today, I am grateful for:                                                                         (Date)

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2)

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When you’re having a bad day and feeling down in the dumps, you can refer back to your gratitude journal. This might improve your mood and remind you that you have a great life. Using the method of a gratitude journal plus meditation, you’re on your way to improving your happiness that can last for longer than a short while. The best way to go about these methods is to meditate in the morning when you first wake up and write in your gratitude journal at night before you go to sleep.

Try these techniques for at least a week and watch how your life improves. It’s really the best way to start your day off great and end it with a smile.

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Do you ever feel like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed? That anything and everything irritates you? It’s awful. Of course, it could be caused by lack of sleep, a bad dream, or just “one of those days”. I used to have those days quite a bit. I still do from time to time. It feels like nothing is going right and the day just can’t get any worse — except it always can.

What we don’t realize is that just because we’re having a bad morning does not mean the rest of the day is going to end up like that. If you think about it, there are so many other people who have it worse than us — who sincerely have the right to be in a bad mood. Be it a family member has passed away (or is diagnosed with a terminal illness), you lose your job (which is becoming more and more common in this day in age unfortunately), or you, yourself, have come to the knowledge of a terminal illness or a miscarriage.

Just because you’re not having the ideal morning doesn’t mean your day will stay like that. Look on the bright side and find the positive in every situation — I promise there is some. Wake up each day with a smile on your face and get ready to face what’s ahead no matter what you have to go through.