Have you heard others talk about practicing gratitude and don’t know where to start or do you feel like you have nothing to be grateful for because nothing seems to be going your way? I’m here to help you get started and give you a tool to realize there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for!

A beginner's guide to starting a gratitude practice

 

How To Start a Gratitude Practice

Getting started is extremely simple; grab a pen and paper and write “I am so happy and grateful for” followed by something you ARE grateful for. When I first started, I bought a basic 99 cent spiral notebook and started writing one or two things a day. In the beginning I felt like it always had to be something big: perfect relationship with Mark, perfect health, world peace, etc. There were days I struggled to find something to write down, then I realized the little things were just as important; hot coffee in my favorite mug on a chilly morning, my dog or cat snuggled at my feet, or a quick hug from my honey, etc.

The More You Practice Gratitude, The Easier it Becomes

Just like starting anything new, it may seem hard at first, but it gets easier as time goes along. The more we are grateful for, the more we will have to BE grateful for. The following is a quote I heard at the first training event I went to for Isagenix and it changed my life: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at…change”. Let that sink in for a moment. A situation in our life might seem hopeless but if we can find a sliver of good, a silver lining, it can become hopeful. Again, it doesn’t have to be anything huge, just something.

One Step at a Time

Once you become consistent in your daily practice, take it up a notch by writing down things that you would LIKE to be grateful as well as the ones you already are. I always start by writing five or six things I am currently grateful for and follow it starting the next session with “I am so happy and grateful NOW THAT”…followed by a few things I’d like manifested into my life.

Be Consistent and Patient

Will more things to be grateful for show immediately in your life? Maybe, maybe not. One thing I have learned is to be consistent especially when things ARE going good. In the past I would write in my journal one day followed by a week off. Write a day or two, take two weeks off. As a result my results were, you guessed it, inconsistent. I would have times where I was consistent for weeks or months at a time and once things I had been asking for started to manifest, I’d get lazy and quit writing in my journal. As a result, you guessed it again, things would quit manifesting.

This year I made a goal to write in my journal every day and I am proud to say have only missed two or three days. The end of September is near and while everything I’ve asked for hasn’t manifested (yet) and I’m learning to be patient. On another hand, many things have come into my life! Will I stop asking for things I desire, no. I love setting my alarm for oh-dark-thirty (some mornings that means 4:00 am) so I’m not rushed in my writing and can enjoy a cup of coffee before getting ready for the day. If you are just getting started, don’t worry about getting up before the crack of dawn, just get started. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll have more to be grateful for.

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