We are popping vitamin pills left, right and center to enhance our well being. And rightfully so with the state of our food supply today…. we need to supplement with good quality vitamins and minerals.
But one very important “vitamin” missing in society today is VITAMIN G. I bet you’ve never heard of vitamin G before. Well, that is because it really isn’t a vitamin you swallow like you would your A, B and C vitamins. Vitamin G.. for the purpose of this post… stands for GRATITUDE.
I don’t want to say that it is totally missing in our society. I know many people who are grateful but for the most part, gratitude is not a daily practice like popping vitamins…. and it should be.
Being grateful is a practice such as regular exercise, yoga, meditation and any other rituals. It needs to be in our daily life. We need to awake each morning grateful for the new day. We have every reason to be grateful for this beautiful life. Life is a gift and it needs to be appreciated…not taken for granted.
Living in a state of gratitude is a skill we can learn and strengthen with practice. It needs to be deliberately focused on. We must count our blessings each day and be thankful for all the good in our lives. Focus on the good stuff and the bad stuff will fade. The positive emotions felt from being grateful will make anything negative seem so miniscule.
It is quite simple. Be thankful.
There are some great rituals you can start for yourself to make gratitude stand out in your daily life.
1. Start a gratitude journal. Keep a beautiful journal and pen on your night table. Each night before you turn the lights off write three things in your journal that stood out in your day that you are grateful for. It could be something as simple as your child’s laughter, a hug from your loved one, a luscious piece of fruit that gave you nourishment. The possibilities are endless.
2. Get a large glass jar and lid and each time you are aware of something that brings you to a state of gratitude, write it on a piece of paper and date the paper. Put it in the jar. Continue to do this all year and at the end of the year it is fun to pull out all of the notes and recall those moments from the year that stood out for you.
3. Do a gratitude meditation each day. I do this myself each morning. I find a quiet place to go away from it all. I sit quietly, consciously bringing people and moments I’m grateful for into my thoughts. It is a great way to start my day. Kind of sets the tone for the day.
4. Place positive affirmations around your home or your office space. When you read these little affirmations it puts your focus back on the good stuff.
5. Read books on gratitude, and “mind, body, spirit”.
6. Join a gratitude group or start one yourself. Just being with like minded people is good for the soul.
Be creative. There are many great ways to bring your awareness to being grateful.
I include some of my favorite quotes related to gratitude.
“Gratitude is the art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.” – Kak Sri
“As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.” – Terri Guillemets
“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.” – Neale Donald Walsch
“Gratitude is an opener of locked up blessings” – Marianne Williamson
“My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm.” – Maureen McCullough
“There is no greater difference in between men than between grateful and ungrateful people.” – R. H. Blyth
Strengthen your gratitude muscles! Practice, practice practice!!!