The first time I ever heard about gratitude was from Oprah back in the late nineties. She talked about keeping a gratitude journal, and I think I gave it a go, but very half heartedly.
I have since picked up pieces here and there, on living life full of gratitude and how this is such an amazing way of feeling full.
A few years ago I incorporated it into my journal writing, and it was always such a great way to end my day. I would write down everything that I felt grateful for, some days it would be pages long. I get right down to the nitty-gritty, i.e. grateful for having cats to cuddle, for having beauty products to make me feel clean and beautiful, and grateful there is a school bus so I don’t have to drive them all the way to school everyday. Finding gratitude in the small things has an equally big impact as the big things.
About a year ago a beautiful woman I met shared how her family does gratitude. She said at dinner every night they would each share 5 things they were grateful for. Excitedly I decided to introduce this into our family and the kids just love it. It raises the vibe amazingly! And it’s so interesting to hear what they are truly grateful for (this can start some fantastic conversations). We get things from being grateful for online games, being grateful to have a warm home, to being grateful for their teachers at school who teach them. It blows my mind how wide their minds can go. Sometimes they can’t think of 5 things, and that doesn’t matter because there is always someone who has more than 5 to share that day.
I have noticed there is also a double whammy doing this as a family, and that is hearing how someone may feel grateful for you that day, or something you have done in the family. This creates a beautiful appreciation for that individual, another way to share love.
“Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want in your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things.” – The Secret.
This can sound like a load of waffly talk, but try it. I particularly like introducing this to children, as in the world they’re growing up in it can be hard for them to even see gratitude amid the noise of the TV and internet. Teaching children to have grateful thoughts is another way to teach them about creating their own happiness. Something they can take anywhere with them throughout life.
It is so easy to get sucked into life’s negativity, it seems to be everywhere. Have a go and turning that on its head and try yourself by writing it down, or with the family. You will be amazed by how good you will feel after doing it just the once, but not only feeling good, you begin to attract MORE of the good things in life.