4 easy steps to unleash the power of gratitude
Did you know that gratitude thoughts and quotes can reshape any negative life circumstance into the happiness and wealth you desire? You will learn 4 easy steps to unleash the power of gratitude and I have created a set of free gratitude thoughts cards for you.
Learning this technique is especially beneficial for those who suffer from emotional overeating triggered by avoidance or low-self esteem.
Having an attitude of gratitude can be a real game changer and a declaration of love for life. Why?
If you recall mindfully what to be grateful for, then an utter feeling of satisfaction and joy is released in you. It is a real powerful feeling that can improve your mood immediately. It’s so easy and simple to use that cultivating gratitude should be a major role in your daily activities.
When you feel “good,” you are more motivated, energized, and involved, and this is another success factor for helping you making your clean eating habits stick. Naomi Williams puts it in a nutshell with her inspirational quote:
It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed at the same time.
How powerful is that? By the way, this beautiful quote picture above is from my book “Inspirational Picture Quotes About Gratitude”.
So what is gratitude? It means being in a state of thankfulness. It is a positive feeling or attitude in appreciation of a tangible or intangible benefit one has received or will receive. From a historical point of view, the gratitude prayer stands in the center point of many world religions.
Things we could be grateful for
At its heart, thoughts of gratitude can be applied to everything. Each of us possesses endless tangible and intangible assets we could be grateful for – if we don’t take them for granted.
You could be thankful that you can walk, laugh, cry, hear, see, and taste. You could be grateful for you and your family’s health. You could show gratefulness if somebody smiles at you or gives you a nice compliment, if you have reliable friends, a stable relationship, or if you live in a country without terror and war, etc.
Unfortunately, most people treat their assets and skills very carelessly and underestimate the importance of gratitude. They take them for granted, and they do not recognize what they have while always striving for more. This can fuel discontent and destroy serenity.
Once people lose something, it dawns on them quite painfully what a treasure they had and how grateful they could have been for it while they still possessed it.
Gratitude Thoughts Training
The good news is that thoughts of gratitude can be trained, although they are elusive like the scent of a light fragrance. Too often we forget to value what we have, because we always want more.
No matter what type of mood you are in, if you practice gratitude and remind yourself what to be grateful for, your mood will brighten and improve spontaneously. Here is my gratitude list as an example and first inspiration. I’m grateful for:
- my wonderful husband
- my lovely daughter
- my health
- friends I can talk about everything with
- moments of laughter
- the love of my husband
- my work, which I enjoy
- my parents and how they raised me
- my senses; that I can hear, see, read, walk, and taste
- each new day that I can live for my purpose
- you, my dear readers of my 52 clean eating challenge
- each sunset that I experience
- the help and support of my friends
- compliments I get from others
- my cozy home
Ok, I think you get it… My list could go on and on. But it’s not about me … What are you grateful for? For what could you thank somebody for? Like any feeling, you can improve your ability to express gratitude and the positive feelings connected with it.
4 step habit change: How to have gratitude thoughts
Gratitude towards ourselves is the first step to recharging your life batteries. All too often we work ourselves into the ground, allow pundits to get the upper hand, making it hard for us to be grateful for what we are, what we can do, and what we actually do.
Step 1: Think about everything you could be grateful for. Again, I’ve created inspirational cards for you. Reading famous quotes on gratitude will help you make your creative sources flow.
Step 2: Write down everything you are grateful for on a sheet of paper. If you want, you can use and print out my gratitude sheet. Don’t fear big words.
Step 3: Every morning, when you wake up in your bed, ask yourself, “What are three things that I’m grateful for today?” Look at your sheet for inspiration. Answer your question. Then, ask yourself, “What are three things that I’m thankful for that I know are coming into my life?” Answer again.
Step 4: Stop once or twice throughout your day and give thanks. Do this for seven days straight and you will feel the inner wealth surfacing. You’ll notice a huge shift in both your state of mind and in your current circumstances. The more often you’re reminded of your wealth, the stronger the positive feelings connected with it become. These thoughts of gratitude lead to inner harmony and peace. What a fantastic reward!
2 additional ways to express gratitude
- Be thankful even for things that you tried to do but failed. Trying to do something new is a brave step, a learning experience, and the start of a journey. Don’t wear yourself down if something didn’t go as planned – especially when it comes to the 52 clean eating challenge. Instead, be proud of those clean eating changes you managed to stick to over the year.
- Our lives get even richer when we express gratefulness towards others. It makes us feel good, improves relations, and boosts our self-confidence. A “thank you” doesn’t cost anything. Just a few seconds and a smile. Other people can’t inherently know if they are important to you. You have to tell them.
I’m closing with a quote by Alice Morse Earle:
“Every day may not be good… but there’s something good in every day.”
There are many occasions for thoughts of gratitude, as long as you are prepared to appreciate the matter, of course.
Think about it: what might be expected today can tomorrow mean a painful loss, or at least a limitation in your life.
And if you need more inspirational gratitude thoughts paired with brilliant pictures then you should checkout my book below. The printed version comes with two blank pages where you can write down your favorite gratitude thoughts and quotes. On suggestion of my readers I have also included a special dedication page as this book makes a wonderful gift too.
OTHER THOUGHTS AND QUOTES YOU MIGHT ENJOY