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Practice Gratitude for More than “Things”

If you have followed this blog for very long you probably noticed that I post a lot about taking note of things you are grateful for.

But often we forget that being grateful is about more than being thankful for material things, gratitude is also about experiences that you’ve had, people you have met, or other non-material things that you have received.

For example, have you ever been thankful that you drove all the way to work and had all green lights?

Have you ever thank the Universe for a complement you received?

Today, make it your goal to make a list of non-material things you’re thankful for:

“I am grateful I had the opportunity to shovel snow from my elderly neighbor’s driveway so she could go to church.”

“I am grateful a colleague made me realize what a terrific job I have.”

“I am grateful I had an amazing time learning to surf on vacation.”

“I am grateful I have a loving family.”

“I am grateful I found an inspirational book to listen to in my commute.”

“I am grateful my grandmother taught me how to make her delicious fried chicken.”

Expressing gratitude is a great way to put a positive spin on your day and your life. And, if you say, “Thank You”, to someone else it can make their life better as well.

If you liked this post or found it helpful, please share it with friends and family. Together we can make the world a happier more positive place, one “thank you” at a time.

With Gratitude,

Rachel


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On Your Mark, Get Set, It’s Monday

You can write down goals like:

I am going to go to the gym 3x this week.

I am going to eat vegetables with each meal.

I am going to spend 10 minutes mediating every day.

OR

They can be things you want to manifest, such as:

I am receiving $1500 unexpected income this week.

I am going to get hired at my dream job.

I am going to receive a cup of coffee from a stranger.

For example,

I am so proud of myself for going to the gym 3x this week. I feel strong and confident. I am thrilled that got hired at my dream job. I am excited to be starting in 2 weeks.

You get the idea.

Spend a few moments truly feeling the emotions behind your desires. Then put the list away until Saturday.

If you recall your list during the week, take a minute or two to focus on the emotions of achieving your desire.

If you accomplish/receive before Saturday say, “Thank You”.

Otherwise, just go along in your week, be as happy and productive as you can.

On Saturday, take the list out and see how you did.

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Have a happy, healthy day!!!


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Get Happy

Last Monday, I suggested you spend a few minutes of your day doing something that makes you happy ( Do Something…). Don’t worry if you missed it, because this week you are going to have the opportunity to do it again AND even more!

This week I encourage you to:

Here are some tips:

  • Try playing with your dog, going for a run, taking a nature walk, playing a game with your kids, reading a book, doing tai chi, meditating, baking cookies, or even sitting on your back porch listening to the birds sing.
  • Feel free to do the same activity every day or change it up from day-to-day, whatever feels good to you.
  • Don’t stress out! Do your best to get 15 minutes in each day. If you have a day where you simply cannot spend the full 15 minutes, try for 5-6 minutes instead.
  • Take notice of how you feel and how your week progresses.

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    Do Something that Makes You Happy

    Take a walk, play with your kids, pet your cat, sing, dance, read a book, watch a movie, write a poem, meditate, or cook a nice dinner for yourself.

    Whatever it is, spend at least 10 minutes today doing something that brings you joy!

    No guilt, no judgement, just have fun!!!!


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    Success is in Your Hands

    Take a moment to think about one of your goals. One of your BIG goals. Perhaps you want to run a marathon, lose 50 pounds, go back to school, find the love of your life, or move to a new city…

    Now, think about why you have not achieved that goal yet.

    If you are like most of us, you are avoiding committing time and energy to that goal, either consciously or unconsciously, out of fear. Fear of change, fear of failure, fear of what other people will think…

    And that’s ok. Fear is a natural reaction to the unknown. But, now that you realize that some type of fear is blocking you from moving toward your goal, you have taken the first step to overcoming that fear. Give that fear a name, write it down.

    For example:

    “I am afraid that if I <insert goal> people will criticize me and tell me I am wrong/selfish/stupid/living in a fantasy world.”

    Now that you have identified your fear, you can start taking steps to turning that fear into success.

    You have played the, “What if…” game for awhile focusing on the fear, so you know how to play. It is time to turn the tables on fear and start playing the game to win!

    Here’s how:

      Take the fear you identified earlier and rewrite it as a success:

        • It feels great to have <insert goal>! People congratulate me daily on my success and tell me I have inspired them to follow their aspirations.
  • Realizing that success is possible and focusing on the ultimate feelings of gratitude, happiness, and self-esteem that come from places the key to success directly in your hands. You are in charge of your success. You are in charge of achieving your goal. NOT the fear!
  • By looking your fear in the eye and telling it to “shove off”, you put yourself in control and allow yourself to start taking steps, even if they are small at first, down the road to success. In effect you:
  • And after all, isn’t that all you really need to do?

    PS-Once you have identified your fear and written it down, burn it as a symbol of your newfound courage and determination.

    Help inspire other readers conquer by writing your “statement of success” in the comments below.

    Until next time, have a happy healthy day!

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    Take Action Today

    Take a minute right now to think about 1 of your goals. It can be a weight loss goal, fitness goal, financial goal, relationship goal, or a bucket list goal.

    Now, think about 1 thing you can do today to move a little closer to achieving that goal. It does not have to be a big leap or take a lot of time (unless you are motivated to do so), remember it is the little things we do that move us down the path to success.

    For example, if your goal is to lose a few pounds then perhaps you spend some time today preparing meals for the week so you have easy access to healthy meals that support your weight loss.

    If your goal is to find your soulmate go to a local coffee shop and hang out for 15-20 minutes. Read a book, write in your journal about what you want you soulmate to be like, stay present and mindful of those around you, smile and look approachable. You never know who you will meet. It may not be your soulmate, but it could be the person, who knows the person, who is your soulmate.

    The point is to invest some time today in making your goal a reality. Taking an action, any action, is the only way to make progress.

    What action are you going to take today? Inspire others by writing it in the comments below.

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    Until next time, have a happy healthy day!