“I am grateful” is a statement that endorses happiness and enhances peace. Every good thing, every bad thing, every up and every down has brought you right here to be the person you are today–yet there’s still this changeless stillness that’s never left you. If your goal is to live a full and happy life, practice being grateful for it all.
“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” – Michael Josephson
Gratitude is what brings us into the beauty of the present moment so we can savor it and make it last. Being grateful allows us to see past the pain or stress of negative circumstances, to accept what is with a forgiving heart, and to seek the love that exists in everything.
As noted by Dr. Martin Seligman, Ph. D. in his book Authentic Happiness, “Gratitude amplifies the savoring and appreciation of good events gone by.”
Gratitude is a powerful way to increase your positive emotions about the past, allowing you to hold onto the good times and let go of the pain so that you can create a happier future for yourself, starting today.
How to Live in Gratitude
When what I have is enough, it becomes more than enough. Through gratitude, I open myself up to more.
Gratitude is a daily practice that requires our devoted presence.
These words, “I am grateful,” affirm that you are staying open to the abundance that the world around you has to offer. Your deep and sincere gratefulness is what opens the door to let more love, more light, and more joy flood in; it’s that same door that lets more love, more light, and more joy shine from within.
Here are a few gratitude practices that to incorporate into your daily routines to help you feel more alive, present, happy, and blessed:
Write in a gratitude journal.
Every night, write down three to five things you’re grateful for in that particular day. Anything goes. You can be grateful for “having a bed to sleep in” or “having a support system” or “being productive” or “feeling the love” or “being early to work.” Make sure it’s something you’re truly grateful for.
Say “I am grateful.”
Practicing this positive affirmation on a daily basis is a reminder that there’s always something to be grateful for. Say it in your head or out loud, every single day. Say it about the positive and negative things, events, people, experiences, etc.
Even “bad” happenings are candidates for gratitude, for they deliver messages we need to hear. We don’t know the whole story, so we can learn to trust life and appreciate the mystery.
Strengthen your awareness of your thoughts, words, and actions. Are they an expression of gratitude? Do they align with your mission to be more grateful for what you have now? If not, refer to the above practice.
Write a thank you note.
Is there someone you have not properly thanked? Who has always been there for you, shown support, and lifted you up? Let them know how much they mean to you. You never know how far your kind words will go, and you will feel good sending them.
Dispute your ungratefulness.
If you feel like gratitude is just not in the cards for today, dispute that thought. Pretend your ungrateful feeling is an outsider, and you are the detective. Uncover why ungratefulness is not justifiable, remembering that gratitude needs no justification. Hunt for all the reasons gratitude is necessary, valuable, and worth your effort.
If you need a little nudge in gratitude’s direction, read this.
I am Grateful
I appreciate the lessons and the blessings, and I am grateful for what has yet to come.
Thinking and speaking and living the words, “I am grateful,” signals to the world around you (and within you) that you’re ready to love what is and invite more love in.
To be grateful means to accept the situation as if you had asked for it. Gratitude is a state of acceptance and non-judgment which magnetizes joy and abundance. Counting your blessings actively awakens the possibility for miracles, which has only been dormant (never gone).
If you’re ready to make a commitment to living a happy, meaningful, and fulfilled life, start with three simple words…
I am grateful.
- What are you grateful for today?
- How do you remind yourself to see the good?
- What gratitude practices do you include in your life?
Please share your thoughts, practices, lessons, and stories with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone you care about.
This day is the perfect day to be grateful for this day.
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