7 Heart-Warming Ways to Find More Gratitude
People have the tendency to want what they don’t have and neglect the gratitude in their life.
This creates a feeling of lack and not feeling like it’s not enough.
In return, we find ourselves with less than what we want.
But we can control our lives and create a more positive life for ourselves.
By practicing gratitude, you transmute the feeling of lack into a feeling of love.
You will attract more of what you want instead of what you don’t want. And you will finally feel at peace and contentment.
I believe that gratitude is not only a joyous practice, it’s a spiritual nourishment that warms the heart.
Here are 7 heart-warming ways to find more gratitude so that you can live in a sincere, spiritual, and uplifting life.
1. Gratitude Journal
One of the best ways to have gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal.
It doesn’t have to be fancy or done on a computer. A piece of paper will do nicely.
All you have to do is note down one thing you are grateful for each and every day.
The more you write, the more you begin to realize that there are great things in your life.
Because there are great things in your life, you will continue to have more gratitude.
2. Focus on the future
If today is a mess and yesterday a tragedy, then look to the future that the day will be fruitful.
Sometimes we can’t find the gratitude in our current situation.
It may be full of chaos, arguments, and people who makes you want to tear your hair out.
No matter how bad your situation is or how negative you feel, realize that tomorrow is a new day.
You can’t be grateful if you are drown in hatred. That is okay, we all have not been grateful when we should be.
But you can always be grateful the next day because it will be a new beginning.
The sun comes down and takes with it the energy of the past.
When morning arises, the sun brings out new energy and refills you with new vitality to see gratitude in your life.
Look to the future and see that the future brings hope, life, and gratitude.
3. Morning Gratitude Ritual
Every morning, wake up and give a blessing to the world.
Give yourself or whoever you want what you’re grateful for.
There are many thanks you can give and many things to be grateful for.
When you wake up in the morning, you are already relaxed and refreshed.
This makes it the perfect time to stay in the right mindset to have gratitude.
Your morning attitude can affect the rest of your day.
So choose to have gratitude in the morning.
4. Meditate on Gratefulness
Meditate on the spirit of gratefulness.
Imagine a bright light of gratefulness pouring onto your head and down into your entire body, embodying this spiritual essence into you.
Meditation takes you on a deeper level to reflect and truly access your inner life.
If you practice gratitude during meditation, you will have welcome gratitude on a deeper level.
5. Express your Gratitude
Say “Thank you’. Tell a friend. Write a letter.
Express your gratitude to people.
Speak with sincerity and from your heart.
And avoid criticism, complaining, and gossip because those are the opposite of gratitude.
You will find that others will offer you the same gratitude in return.
6. Negative Situations are a Blessing
Once I saw an old man who seeks trouble with his fellow man.
They both disagree and the old man wanted to prove the other wrong.
He calls him out a liar and that he is only saying that to make himself feel better.
The other man replied, “Yes, it does make me feel better and I appreciate you giving me permission to feel better.”
Stunned, the old man could find no words to retaliate and they, both, felt at peace.
Most of the situations are not good or bad, it is a neutral circumstance in our life.
It’s our interpretation that makes it a bad situation and, therefore, we react with haste.
But if we see that every interaction is but an expression, then it truly is a blessing in disguise.
We can re-interpret or mis-interpret what they mean in favor of a better mental state.
Every negative experience is a means to tell you something – either something about them or a message for you to grow.
An angry child is a child who is trying to express something to you and, perhaps, seeking your guidance.
So an angry man is like an angry child wishing to express themselves.
You have the right to express yourself in kind ways and to change the situation into a more grateful experience.
Therefore, treat all negative interaction as a blessing.
7. Remember a Time You were Grateful
If you currently don’t feel like having gratitude, you can learn how to shift your vibe field and you will instantly change your mood.
Everyone has a time where they felt grateful, joy, happiness, or relaxed.
Go back into your memory and fetch that moment. Imagine it in your mind.
How grateful does it feel? What were you doing?
Bring this moment back into the present.
Because you can feel gratitude in your past, you are able to have gratitude in the present.
If you can’t remember any gratitude in the past, there is one thing you can do.
Imagine the future when you WILL be grateful.
See your gratitude self and bring this part of you into the present.
Once you bring this part of you into the present either from the past or future, act upon it.
The more you do it, the stronger your gratitude grows.
Gratitude is a Practice
Try it for a week or a month. You will notice small or big changes in your life.
Gratitude is a spiritual gift that is only found through the warmth of your heart.
The more you attune to your heart and express your warmth, the more gratitude you will have.
And by having more gratitude, you will receive a heart-warming embrace from the universe.