Along with enjoying turkey and stuffing, Thanksgiving is a day to practice gratitude. It is easy and certainly an effective way to shift your vibe.
How to Start
Think about something you’re grateful for – a family member, pet, wonderful meal, good health, your job, your home… Got it?
Next focus on the center of your chest where your heart chakra is located. Now notice how you feel when you are grateful. Are you happy or sad? Peaceful or agitated? Angry or loving? Expansive or contracted? That’s the power of gratitude. Thinking about something you are grateful for transforms your emotions and creates a positive vibrational shift.
Gratitude, joy, love, and abundance all carry positive vibrational energy. These positive vibes displace fearful and uncomfortable emotions, which helps to increase confidence. Of the four positive emotions—gratitude, joy, love, and abundance—gratitude is the easiest to cultivate because we can intentionally increase it.
The more grateful you are the healthier you are. Research shows that gratitude strengthens the immune system and lowers blood pressure. It also increases optimism, generosity, and compassion and decreases feelings of loneliness and isolation. Why is gratitude so powerful. It appears to stimulate parts of the brain responsible for regulating stress and producing pleasure.
When you nurture gratitude you train your body, mind, heart, and spirit to be a magnet for all the other positive vibrations. Infuse your life with gratitude (even when you’re unhappy or life doesn’t feel like it’s going your way) and you will generate love and abundance not only for yourself but for everyone around you.
As Barbara De Angelis explains:
“Gratitude blesses you. It opens you so that more can come in. It literally expands the vibrational space around you. When you’re living in that expansive space, more of everything will flow into your life.”
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Keeping a gratitude journal is an easy way to increase wellbeing. Each night before bed spend five minutes reviewing your day. Why journal at night? When you sleep your mind processes what happened to you during the day. As a result, you’ll train your subconscious to resonate with good vibrations and view the world in a more positive way.
Here are some suggestions about what you can write about:
- All the people and things—big and small—you are grateful for and why.
- Unpleasant things that have departed such as an illness, the neighbors with the barking dog who moved away or the co-worker you disliked.
- Challenges that are teaching you valuable lessons.
- What is beautiful and special about you.
- The wisdom of midlife.
Try it for 30 days and see what happens!
“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” —Jacqueline Winspear.
I have started this gratitude exercise already and for weeks it has been working!
Awesome, Emmie. Grateful to you for sharing.
I really believe in this so I am starting it tonight. Thank you so much..
Gratitude is extremely powerful, Sharon. Keep at it and watch your life transform from the inside out. Thanks for sharing, Dr. Ellen
Interesting… I will definitely try it. I run in to problems with all the self-focus. To me this is the way of (G-D, the Universe, Karmic Law, etc.) If I am simply grateful to be alive, all should be well…I have a favorite quote from Nietzsche: “There cannot be a god because if there were one, I could not believe I was not He.”
Most people do not agree with that, calling it selfish, egotistical, etc. It is, in a way, but it is also very human. Rather than focusing on Me, me, me..Who and what am I? Would it not help more to ask: “What can I contribute to the world? Am I not only a part (spark) of something larger than each individual person? If so, is it most helpful to continue to split off in search of SELF; EGO, or focus more on a “oneness?” Thank you for hearing me out! I welcome your feedback…
Thank you for the thoughtful comment. I agree with you, it is more helpful to focus on how to contribute to the world. In doing so we realize we are a wave in the ocean, but we are also the entire ocean. Let me know how the gratitude practice goes.
Absolutely a true talk
I am grateful that I am a giver, not a taker. Giving frees me up. Taking drains me of positive energy.
I am also grateful that I learned not to give my power away.
Good for you, Cynthia and thank you for sharing.
In my pursuit of attaining an attitude of gratitude, I’m trying to get to the point where I say, “Thank You, God,” instead of “Oh my God!”
I love that, Allia. Thank you for sharing.