Gratitude – the way to go if you want to be uplifted

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I’ve found that our lock-down status and limitation on where we can go and who we can see has had a strange affect on me and many of my friends. We are have become more grateful for what we have! We have lost a lot but yet we are more appreciative than ever of what we do have.

Gratitude can seriously change how you feel and raise your vibrations!

Last year a friend sent me a request through Face Book to take part in a Gratitude Project where for seven days I had to pick three things for which I am grateful. Each day I was supposed to ask two other people to do the same. I am not very keen on the sense of coercion with these types of schemes so I left that last bit out but just asked anyone who felt they might like to take up the project to go for it. However, I can heartily recommend the process. Like all introspection, it’s good to take time to sit still, even for a few moments, and think. If you focus on something as positive as gratitude – what are your blessings – it most definitely has a very uplifting outcome. It’s impossible to think about something that pleases you without it affecting you overall.

For years I have been advocating the good outcome you can experience from positive thinking and it is good for me to stop, take stock and to reconsider the truth of my words from time to time. Doing Lock down and following the Gratitude Project has reconfirmed for me the powerful effects of focusing on the pleasing, positive and good things in life. There is absolutely no doubt that we can balance out negative with positive if we try. I have worked at this – to make it a habit and when something bad, unpleasant or irritating occurs I try to counter out its effects by focusing on something that makes me feel good. I use usually use natureas it holds nothing contentious or even mildly upsetting. I think of flowers – my favourites are pink roses, tulips and daffodils.

There is absolutely no doubt that there will be challenges, there will be nasty exchanges with difficult people, there will be ghastly things to see and hear, there will be cruelty and evil that we hear about or experience but we do have a choice and the choice is how we react and how much we allow the “bad” side of life to affect us. We can control the disturbing effects on how we feel. Not always in the midst of disaster, not when we are going through grief or great loss but afterwards, in the quiet moments we can look for the bright side and we can look for the good.
Getting a positive mind-set can be worked at, it can be encouraged and over time it will become a habit.

Big hugs and lots of love – Anne

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