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  • November 2015
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How to be thankful every day

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein

You can be thankful every day and see miracles and it only takes five minutes. Neuroscientists say five minutes daily is all it takes to rewire your brain for a new habit. By practicing awareness of the positive things in your life, you shift away from the primitive brain’s natural tendency to scan for and spot the negative things. Studies conducted by the founder of the positive psychology movement, Dr. Martin Seligman, found that people who kept a gratitude journal and wrote in it every day for a week ranked higher in happiness and lower in stress levels. There are many gratitude journals and apps that you can purchase to support your new gratitude habit. Listed below are more gratitude practices you can use to find the miracles in life.

  • Break the habit of complaining. When we complain, our focus reflects a reality of having little to be happy about. Listen to all of your complaints. Every time you catch yourself complaining, change it to a gratitude statement. “It may be really cold out but I have all that I need to stay warm.” Do this as many times as it takes until you begin to notice that you are complaining less.
  • Eliminate scarcity thinking. When you come from a belief of not having enough, you are creating the experience of not having enough. Whenever you catch yourself worrying, change your focus to abundance thinking. “I always have enough with plenty to share.”
  • Let go of the belief that you will only be happy when a certain thing happens or until you or somebody else does something. “I will be happy when I lose 10 pounds.” This puts your life and happiness on hold. Replace this thinking with knowing you have the power to create your own reality through your thoughts and beliefs. Change how you think and you can change your life. “I am happily exercising and eating clean.”
  • Anytime you feel things are not as you want them to be, stop yourself and shift your focus to the things in your life you are thankful for. Remember whatever we focus on grows and multiplies. Focus on what is going well and you will attract more good things.
  • A great way to start your day is with a feeling of gratitude. Louise Hay says the first thing she does to begin her day is to thank her bed for warmth and comfort. Before you get out of bed express gratitude to all of the people, places, things and experiences in your life. After doing this for a while, you will notice that you wake up every morning in a positive mood.
  • A great way to end your day is with feelings of gratitude. Scan through your day remembering all the successes of that day. Think of at least five successes each day. It can be as little as finding a close parking spot. Falling to sleep to our successes creates more success.

With a gratitude habit and a thankful heart we expand our reality to knowing the magic all around us. Taking time to remember gratitude is a lifetime practice that sets the ambience from which you see your reality and life. By training yourself to see from a perspective of gratitude, you will find yourself living life as though everything is a miracle.


 

Judith Rogers, L.C.S.W.

Judy Rogers, M.S., L.C.S.W., is the founder of the Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing in Neenah. She is a retired psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience.

At the Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing we teach how to live a happier and healthier life. Our workshops and classes combine the best mindfulness practices with New Thought principles. It is a powerful combination giving you the practices and knowledge for living a life of abundant happiness, health and wealth.

We will come to your place of employment, church or wellness center with our classes and workshops. Visit www.mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing.com for more details. You can also reach us at 920-948-5101.

Website: www.mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing.com
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