Practicing Gratitude Dr. Reetu Verma
Gratitude is a way to appreciate what we have instead of always reaching for more and more. I have found that by being grateful for what we have in life, we not only attract more of what we want, but we also become the best versions of ourselves. I personally start and end each day with gratitude.
Remember that Gratitude is a practice — here I share some of my morning gratitude practices.
Keep a Gratitude Journal: Make it a daily habit to write down all that you have in your life right now. I start every single day with a simple Thank You Prayer: Gratitude for everyone and everything, for myself, my loved ones, the food we eat, the birds that sing, the lessons will learn, the world so sweet…………
Studies show that people who keep a gratitude journal have 25% reduced dietary fat intake.
Count your Blessings/ Send Blessing: Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings – reflecting on all the things/situations that went your way or what/who you are grateful for. Please remember to include yourself.
Bless Someone Mentally. No time to write? It helps just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank and bless the individual.
Write a thank-you note. Nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank you letter expressing your gratitude and appreciation for that person being in your life. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month and make sure to write one to yourself.
These days it is even easier with social media – send a kind loving txt message.
Mindful Meditation: Focus on the present moment without judgment. Focus on what you’re grateful for at this very moment-the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound you are hearing right at that moment, love, gratitude etc.
Short on time to write? Say it out loud. The Universe loves gratitude!
As you practice deliberate gratitude:
(i) Be specific (ii) Focus on people rather than things (iii) Connect with your emotions.
It is important to really experience the positive feelings in your body, mind and heart.