Gratitude, the path to happiness
“If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is ‘thank you’ that would suffice” Meister Eckhart
Several studies have shown improved emotions when someone focuses on an “attitude of gratitude” instead of feeling negative, as well as lower levels of stress hormones and boosting of the immune system.
The results of those studies are very interesting because for us, humans, is not easy to grasp how a mental activity, such as gratitude, can alter the physical activity of the brain. The practice of gratitude has been, also, proven to block toxic emotions, such as envy and regret, to strengthen self-worth, to improve the sense of well-being and to allow acceptance and celebration of the present. It seems to me that the brain accepts the positive input and responds accordingly.
Nothing new can come into our life unless we appreciate what we already have. Gratitude brings joy and happiness and shifts our energy level. Gratitude is the open door to heaven, to the unified universal field of energy. When we talk about universe, we should talk in terms of vibrations and frequencies, as Nicola Tesla has said, and we know that same frequencies are attracted to each other. Abundance attracts and creates abundance. Under this light, is not so strange the fact that our attitude of gratitude, for whatever we already have, attracts to our life more of the same.
Feeling grateful for the good things in our life and expressing our gratitude, is the key to happiness. It is never too late for experiencing a new state of mind, a new state of being; we only need to be able to see through the eyes of our heart, through love. Jesus was saying “Thank you” before perform a miracle.
Of course we have all felt grateful that something good has happened to our life, but it was, more often than not, a passing moment, a superficial moment and we returned to our usual and familiar attitude of frustration and fear. If we pause for a moment, when we feel gratitude, and focus on our internal sensations, we will perceive the peace and calmness that flood our inner core. At that very moment we feel thankfulness, appreciation, generosity, love, confidence, connected to ourselves, others and life, we feel we belong. How awesome is that?
A great way to gain awareness of all the great things, the positive situations and wonderful people we have in our life, and shift our perspective, is to keep a brief journal every day, with the three things we are grateful of. This alone will trigger the extraordinary benefits of gratitude. Another way is to write down an experience in the past year, where things went wrong, and focus on the lessons that we learned from this specific experience. Thus we will realize that everything in our life, every hardship and suffering, is a valuable message for reminding us of who we really are and what our purpose is.
Gratitude can change our future, not only individually but collectively as well, in every level. By making gratitude our choice, we tell our brain that needs to adjust to our new positive reality and it will, for as long as we are consistent. The moment we will realize that we are given exactly what we need for our greater good, is the moment of gratitude. The truth is that we should be grateful for each and every moment, because those moments form our life.
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