Be Obsessively Grateful

A Grateful Heart is a Magnet for Miracles 

Here I am. Sitting outside my hotel room, watching the sun rise over the tall palm tree’s. This is another morning in my new city of San Diego. It’s 6:30 am and my family is sleeping in the room behind me. I decided to take this opportunity to sit and reflect on the last few weeks. Gosh, I haven’t had a chance to even think since we received our paperwork to move down here! As I stare at the palm tree’s and orange blue sky overhead, pure gratitude is the only thing that comes to mind. Besides the extremely and randomly chilling breeze this morning, being surrounded by this beautiful atmosphere has always been a dream of mine and Hubby’s. Now don’t get me wrong…182 days of rain in Washington is just splendid but we have always belonged with our toes in the water and ass in the sand.

I promised myself when moving to California I would soak in every moment of every day. I have spent a lot of my life with my head down. Hustling, just trying to get from point A to point B all while forgetting to stop and smell the roses. Yesterday was different, while I sat in the warm sand on the beach and as Smudge ran back and forth chasing the tide, it was the first time in quite a wild I was able to stop my mind and sit in complete gratitude.

It’s truly amazing what happens to your soul when you breathe in the positive and exhale the negative from your body.

Before we started our adventure to California, negative thoughts clouded my mind constantly. It wasn’t until I was aware of the toll that negativity was taking on my body that I began to research the benefits of practicing gratitude and how to practice gratitude. The new addition to my daily routine has been my handy dandy… gratitude journal. Each morning, just like you can imagine in the movies, my alarm goes off and I slowly rise with a large smile on my face, my hair still perfectly flowing down my back and my makeup not one smudge of eyeliner to be seen. Obviously this is truth 🙂 (Just kidding!)

I do start each day by listing 5 things I am grateful for. It’s crazy to realize that just by doing this practice every morning enables you to become more present in life while in turn it is attracting more positive situations. Hubby is probably sick of hearing me say what you put into the world, you get right back from it.

Gratitude is a powerful and positive character quality to posses. Wouldn’t you rather be around an abundance of positive radiance that an negative and suffocating cloud? Thought so!

Scientifically proven there are many ways practicing gratitude can change the quality of your life:

HEIGHTENS YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE – Writing and showing gratitude through a journal of your daily life or showing it physically helps express empathy and positive thoughts.

INCREASES CONFIDENCE– When you have an attitude for gratitude you don’t waste your time feeling sorry for yourself. It allows you to see your life in a more positive light.

HELPS TO FORGIVE AND MOVE ON– Gratitude helps you move on from the past and heals the pain it could be harboring. Forgiving yourself helps in the process of making yourself mentally strong.

STRENGTHEN POSITIVE EMOTIONS– Reducing the feelings of jealousy and resentment means gaining a positive personality and perspective on life.

INCREASED ENERGY LEVELS– When practicing gratitude, the energy within you rises. Gratitude will remind you of all the positive things in your life and help you focus on solely those, helping you to forget all of the negativity. Focusing on just the positive as you could imagine will remind you of the beautiful life you do live, in turn giving you the energy to live your life.

DECREASES TOXIC EMOTIONS– It is impossible to feel gratitude towards someone and at the same time you are envious, angry, or resentful. They are opposing feelings that you can’t harness towards someone at the same time.

Now you may be thinking, if gratitude is so beneficial to our bodies and lives, why don’t we practice it more often? Sometimes we come across certain situations in our lives where we find it hard to be thankful and we keep making the excuses that on the other side of the dark tunnel, after this pain is over, then we can be thankful. BUT it is in those moments of pain and suffering that we need to be grateful the most..

Gratitude isn’t organically just a “feeling”. It is something we have to make a habit. It takes time and repetition like eating healthy or carrying our lazy big butts to the gym. It will not feel normal at first but trust me when I say that it can be learned. It also doesn’t matter how you practice gratitude, just that you do. It all leads to the same place. 

I can’t urge you enough to practice gratitude. It’s time to cut through the noise and bring your why into focus. Helping your life move into the direction it is ready to go. Your focus determines your reality. Acknowledge the amazing things you have in your life. Maybe you complain you don’t have that big boat or the perfect car….but do you have a loving family? A roof over your head? Or even food in your fridge? Those are the things you need to be grateful about, what you posses, not what you lack. Be grateful for what the world has put into your lap. Once you recognize the world around you life will fall into place, filling you with a shit ton of more of things to be grateful for 🙂

“When you are vibrating this amount of gratitude – great things will pour into your world” – Unknown 

Gratitude = Great things coming into your life

Irritation + Anger = Irritation + Anger in all situations

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