“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You”
Hopefully you had a good childhood, or at least some good memories. Times where your world was full of wonder and awe and openly showed you excitement. Doing something for the first time was exhilarating and life was seemingly full of magic.
Now think back to one of those time…how do you feel, warm, safe, assuming that ‘things’ will always be available and the summer will never end. How would you like to relive this feeling as an adult. Well there is an option, but it will take time and practice. The magic bullet can be summarized in one word ‘Gratitude’.
Most people will say they are grateful for what they have…but are you really. I have often said thank you to people automatically, as that is how I was brought up. But am I truly grateful or am I going through the motions.
There is a universal law that stipulates that the more you are grateful, the more you say thank you (with depth) for something the more we receive in return.
The exercise I am going to outline below does not require any expertise, can be done by practically anyone. All it requires is a bit of time and persistence. Now when I say that is ‘all it requires’ I realize its simplicity doesn’t make it any easier.
Pen and paper
Write down 10 things you are grateful for, air, water, family…. and state why. Start each sentence with words similar to:
I am so happy and grateful, now that …
When done read each one out loud and the words ‘thank you!’ x3 times. Do this with as much emotion as you can muster. Note you can also be thankful for things that have not happened yet; this will give them a better chance of actually happening.
Just before you get in bed think of the best thing that happened today, the high light, the things that made you happiest. Just searching for this thing will bring to mind all the good things that happened during the day. Sleep contentedly with this thought in mind.
Tip! many find it difficult to make this a habit. Remind yourself by putting a small rounded stone on your pillow.
Do the above for 30 days in a row and it will be come a habit.
Tip! if you miss a day on your 30 day journey put your day counter back 3 days.
After a few days you should feel a shift in yourself and after 30 days you may not recognize you former self.
If you really want to prove this, write down how you feel before you start this exercise and re-read it after 10-20-30 days….do you still feel this way?
Make this simple gratitude exercise an every day habit, and never pass up an opportunity during the day to express your gratitude openly.
If you would like to excel this process pick up a copy of the book
‘The Magic‘ by Rhonda Byrne