My theme song is ‘Have a heart that’s grateful’ :)! I talk about gratitude all the time. There was a time I used to buy these red glass hearts in bulk and give them to everyone I knew asking them to carry them on their person all the time, and when they remembered or noticed the hearts, to stop and be grateful for something in their lives, ideally from that very day. Then, the store I used to buy them at stopped ordering them and I had to stop gifting them. But recently, while puttering around in a craft store I found these satiny red hearts…bigger than the glass ones but flatter, and therefore easier to carry and tuck away.
Any chance I get, I tell people around me to do the following:
Before going to bed, write down in a notebook, five things you can be grateful for, that happened that very day—things that brought you a feeling of joy, happiness, even relief…or any other positive emotion that lifted you up in any way at all. Call this notebook your ‘Gratitude Journal’. If you wish to write more than five items then go ahead, but the first five must be from this same day. After all, knowing we have reasons to be grateful, creates a feeling of well-being, and gives our hearts a joyous lift.
How this expressing of gratitude works is that it immediately brings us a feeling of relief, relaxes us at a deep level and changes our brain-chemistry by helping release endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormones , which when present in the body act as natural painkillers and provide a sense of comfort, wellness and happiness. This breaks the cycle of depression, and feeling low or run down. Continuing with writing in your ‘Gratitude Journal’ will slowly, but completely, alter how you feel each and every day and happiness will become a habit.
And this is where the fun begins: This sense of well-being will attract more of the same to you, because as we know, like attracts like! WE are the magnets that attracts the good or the bad into our lives. You will see that instead of attracting negative circumstances and events in your life, you will gradually begin to attract those that are a reflection of your relaxed and happy inner state. This may begin with baby-steps, so don’t lose faith! Just keep counting your blessings — there are always blessings to count :)!
This post is a repeat from November 19, but I think everyone will agree, an excellent and timely repeat 🙂