Sometimes I get frustrated when things don’t go as I wish, or I have to wait longer than I would like for certain dreams to manifest. Disappointment can sometimes leave a feeling of what is there to be grateful for? However, from personal experience, the best way to lift out of feeling despair is to boost one’s mood by saying thanks.
Like attracts like; so with gentleness and compassion, try easing out of the fog of lack and into the light of hope.
Life may be about learning lessons. Sometimes even when things don’t make sense, deep down there is the possibility of hidden gift at the core of the situation. A blessing within the mud.
Sometimes I can focus too much on what I expect to happen now; rather than keeping an open mind. If I don’t remain present, I become stubborn on the outcoming manifesting and happening in the way I want it to. The secret is to have a flexible attitude and to allow rather than force.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy
Here are ten easy ways to embody gratitude daily:
- Each day of life is a gift. Remember this and don’t waste time. As you awake, say thank you to the new day. Do this daily by taking five minutes each morning to quietly sit and listen to your breathing. Follow this by saying thanks for as many things as possible. Examples: thank you for my bed, the sunrise, my friends, my family, my food, etc.
- So a situation arises that isn’t to your liking. Perhaps you were told off by your boss, or you broke up with someone. It is natural to feel hurt. Do not force yourself to feel better, but instead, try and take your focus onto the small thinks you are grateful for. With time this should make you feel better. When you have had time to recover, reflect on what was the lesson in the situation? Also, what have you since learnt from it all that you can be grateful for, and how can you use this improve your life?
- Stop comparing yourself to other people. The grass may always seem greener. Even if you see lots of fancy pictures on social media sites of friends with perceived perfect lives, know this, each and every one of us is on a journey, and we all have highs and lows. Let go of wanting to be like someone else and focus on being yourself. The best gift you can give to the world is to be the authentic you and to replace jealousy with self-love, and frustration with hope.
4. Thank the past for the lessons it has taught you but move on. Try and be more present instead of dwelling on past regrets, guilts, pains and shames. Learn from your mistakes and forgive others for theirs. Set healthy boundaries along the way. Move on by being more present in your day. To achieve this try breathing deeply and slowly and taking in what is happening now.
Finally, be like a tree. Things that antagonise the leaves of our emotions can cause upset. When this happens pause, and tap into your inner roots by taking deep breaths. Ground by staying in the present moment.
There are many more ways to feel grateful, think of some ideas of your own and bring them into your day.
The Word Sprite
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