One of my new year’s resolutions to myself was to make a daily entry of “one-gratitude-per-day” for a calendar year. Why? Because I wanted to experience the power of gratitude and how it might affect my life, my relationships, and my ideas about happiness, success, and abundance.
Just now, with a few hours to go before mid-night on December 31st, I made my final entry for the year.
365 Gratitudes, as I like to call it, has been a challenging and enlightening experiment.
The challenging bit was maintaining the discipline of setting aside 10 minutes a day to record my daily entry. Finding 10 minutes out of every 1440 minutes sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? I did okay for the most part, but sometimes I would slip, and suddenly I was having to think back over four or five days. What happened? Where had I been? How could I not find 10 minutes to stop and be grateful?!
I have engaged in many gratitude-related exercises over the years, and enjoyed them all for the most part, but none have been as confronting and beneficial as this one. I would recommend wholeheartedly that you try this experiment for yourself. 365 Gratitudes has given me a deeper appreciation for the power of gratitude. I have learned that gratitude is much more than just a positive attitude or a nice idea; it is a spiritual practice that can transform your perception of who you are and how you experience the world. Gratitude teaches you how to live.
Here are ten lessons I’ve learned about the power of gratitude having done my 365 Gratitudes.
Gratitude is a Spiritual Compass
Practising gratitude daily helps you to stay on course with your life-journey and with the essence of who you are.
Gratitude is a Training in Vision
Being willing to see each and every situation and encounter through the eyes of gratitude helps you to see possibilities that you would otherwise be blind to.
Gratitude Helps You to Connect
Gratitude creates a deeper intimacy and oneness with life. It’s impossible to feel truly grateful and lonely at the same time.
Gratitude is From the Heart
When you remember to be grateful, you also remember to live from your heart. Gratitude helps you to love your life more, and also to be a more loving person.
Gratitude is a Healer
Being willing to be grateful for everything helps you to handle everything better. Gratitude is a willingness to see the gift in everything, eventually.
Gratitude Teaches You What is Real
The more you practice gratitude, the clearer you become about the truth of your life, and what is truly sacred to you.
Gratitude Helps You to Feel Safe
Gratitude gives you a basic trust that you really do live in a friendly universe. Gratitude gives you faith that every life-event, no matter what it looks like, is ultimately for your highest purpose.
Gratitude is a Key to Happiness
Gratitude shows you that the grass beneath your feet is greener than you think. Gratitude teaches you that happiness is always now.
Gratitude is a NOW Thing
Gratitude helps you to enjoy your life as it happens. Gratitude has a spirit of immediacy that forces you to make contact with what is, right now, right here.
Gratitude Helps You to be Present
The more you practice gratitude, the more alive you feel. Less often do you get lost in modes of “doing” and “going,” and “chasing” and “waiting.” Gratitude helps you to be in your life.