Well I’m on the train (clearly) and no surprises but so are many others!
So……..in case you don’t believe that something so simple can change the way you feel in yourself and in your life let me both convince and show you otherwise please!
Yes she’s on the train, right at the front of the train. For over 16 years Oprah has kept a gratitude journal and everyday writes down 5 things that she is grateful for. From fresh flowers to the kindness of a stranger. Oprah says acknowledging those things made her more receptive to the goodness in her life. She credits keeping a gratitude journal as one of the single most important things she’s ever done for herself.
If you’ve seen Tony Robbins in real-life you would know he seems almost super human. Full of boundless positivity, drive and energy. According to Tony the key to his positivity is starting his day with a focus on gratitude. Every morning he spends 3 and a half minutes focusing on three things to be grateful for.
The reason he starts with gratitude? Because of it’s ability to overpower the dangerous emotions that can sidetrack us. “The two emotions that mess us up the most are fear and anger, and you can’t be grateful and fearful simultaneously. They don’t go together. And you can’t be angry and grateful simultaneously”.
Daniel wrote the foreword to Louise L. Hay’s wonderful book on gratitude. I can’t say it any better then he has written it so I’ll go ahead and quote him completely here.
“When you express gratitude, you raise the vibrations around you to a higher frequency. You create positive energy that emanates out from you and returns to you as wonderful experiences. You become magnetic. Good things and good people gravitate toward you because you’re such a joy and delight to be around.
An attitude of gratitude is naturally attractive. It has the power to turn challenges into possibilities, problems into solutions, and losses into gains. It shifts the energy. It expands our vision and allows us to see what might normally be invisible to someone with a limiting attitude.
Gratitude is a prayer for goodness to abound. I think the words “ thank you” are two of the most beautiful words in the language. They can light up someone’s face and help the other person know that he or she is appreciated. It opens the doors to our hearts and allows us to feel connected.”
Deepak is one of the worlds leading experts in alternative medicine and describes gratitude as healing. It expands your awareness and shifts your focus from something that is actually hurting you to something that is healing. And as a bonus it’s pretty intense what happens even at a cellular level, people who practice gratitude daily have a boost in their immune functioning and a marked shift in their hormones.
At the end of everyday Elizabeth Gilbert writes down the best moments of her day and stores the pieces of paper in a jar. What’s remarkable to her-that these happy moments are never major moments, never the rock star moments in life. Instead, they’re the quiet moments that fill her with uninterrupted pleasure. The moments that are so easily overlooked.
The purpose in recording what you’re grateful for according to Elizabeth, realising that the stuff that truly makes you happy is remarkably simple.
“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Gratitude does this. We always have the choice”
If you would love to start your own daily gratitude practice in a beautiful, bespoke way you may love my gratitude journal. You can find more about it here.