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The Meaning of Gratitude

Expressing gratitude is powerful. Gratitude is the appreciation and wonder of life’s bountiful gifts, large and small.

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” – Rumi

What Does Gratitude Really Mean?

Gratitude is placing your focus on the good and positive things in your life. What you pay attention to, expands. Think of it like an energetic magnet.

Gratitude means that you give thanks and celebrate what you already have. The feeling of abundance that this creates attracts more things to be grateful for.

How do you practice gratitude?

Practicing gratitude means that you actively seek to focus your mind on things to be grateful for. The list is endless. The air we breathe, the flowers blooming, clean clothes, water, food, friends, family, a friendly dog. That doesn’t mean you have to disregard your current reality; in fact, it means expanding your current reality. The very action of gratitude activates a positive state of mind. Gratitude will jump-start creativity.

Practicing gratitude can be as easy as picking a handful of things you’re grateful for and using them as “affirmations” every day. You can also start a journal and write what you’re grateful for each day. The more we recognize the positives in our lives, the more we’ll notice more things to be grateful for. It’s the law of attraction.

How do you express gratitude daily?

The way I express gratitude is to use the word “thanks.” I start writing or speaking aloud, “Thanks for the trees. Thanks for the blue sky, my family, the wonderful adventures I’ve had, the opportunities that come to me every day….” You can give thanks for the things that haven’t happened yet as long as you release the outcome and remain unattached to how it might show up in your life.

How Does Gratitude Improve Your Health?

The power of gratitude is profound. Countless studies have also established that practicing gratitude improves our ability to handle stress while reducing depression.

When filled with gratitude, we become more confident in the abundance of life, relishing good experiences, improving our health, dealing with adversity better, and building stronger relationships. Once you state you are grateful, it’s the expression of appreciation for what you have and an affirmation that your life is good. It creates infinite abundance in your life.

If you give someone a gift and they are grateful, you want to give them more. If you give someone a gift and they say, “I didn’t want that, it’s rubbish,” you are unlikely to ever give them another gift.

The Universe Works Just Like This!

Developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is one of the ways I have brought huge amounts of joy into every part of my life. Remember it’s a practice, we don’t have to be perfect all the time. We just have to try to try.

Remember you have access to great power, that power is love.

Love from,

Lizzie and the Team Hilarapy

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