Wednesday, October 17, 2012

16 Ways to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Making an Attitude of Gratitude a Habit

I know I have come a long way in the last few weeks by following the practices outlined in The Magic by Rhonda Byrnes but I also know I have a long way to go still.

I don't know about anyone else, but when I am learning something new, I need to review it several times before it sticks. I have decided to write up a summary of calls to action from the book. It will be a reminder at a glance of the different ways I can integrate gratitude into my life and make it a habit.

Developing Your Attitude of Gratitude

  1. Each day make a list of ten blessings which occurred today and why you're grateful.
  2. At the end of the day, hold your magic rock and say the magic words, thank you for the best thing that happened to you during the previous day. 
  3. Carry your magic rock with you as a constant reminder to be grateful. I keep mine in my change purse.
  4. To make a relationship flourish, list five reasons you are grateful for that person. Do this to improve a relationship with someone you are having difficulty with. It will also give you more patience, understanding, compassion, and kindness.
  5. Post a note to yourself in a conspicuous place, " THE GIFT OF HEALTH IS KEEPING ME ALIVE." and I want to lose weight so I am going to add, "I AM GETTING SKINNIER EVERYDAY."
  6. Post a note to yourself in a conspicuous place, " THANK YOU FOR ALL THE MONEY I'VE BEEN GIVEN THROUGHOUT MY LIFE." and I am going to add "MONEY COMES EASILY AND FREQUENTLY."
  7. While at work, look for as many things as you can to be grateful for and say, "I am so grateful for ________. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
  8. If you think or say something negative, stop immediately and say, "But I have to say that I am really grateful for ________"
  9. Before you eat or drink anything, take a moment to look at it and say thank you.
  10. When you receive a bill write across the front of it, "Thank you for the money." Once you have paid the bill, write across the bill " Thank you - Paid."
  11. When you wake up to a new day say thank you that you are alive and that you have been given another day of life because each day is a gift. Continue saying thank you as you touch each item during your morning routine. I like to also say, "today is a great day to be alive!"
  12. Keep a list of your dreams, your wishes. Strike them out once you have received them and add new ones as they appear. When you add a new item say thank you three times and feel grateful as if you have already received it.   OR   Create a magic board and title it with THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU in big letters. Attach pictures of all your desires.
  13. Print the magical cheque and write it out to yourself with the amount of money you want and post it someplace you will see it often. When you look at your cheque picture yourself doing or having what the money has given you.
  14. Magically transform mistakes into blessings. You you make a mistake, create a list of ten reasons you are grateful for making the mistake.
  15. Magic Mirror. Whenever you see your reflection say thank you. If you are feeling brave, say three reasons you are grateful for being you.
  16. Magic Dust. Think of gratitude's energy looking like magic dust. When you express gratitude to someone for something received from them, you are sprinkling magic dust onto them. Be grateful and say thank you to another person for anything you receive from them. It is vital for improving your life.
This is my Gratitude Practice List. I am going to print it and put it on my magic board and on the refrigerator and on my nightstand and . . . You get the picture.

Do you have a Gratitude list? How are you going to continue integrating gratitude into your life? 

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