The Power of Gratitude


With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we look forward to a day of eating, relaxing and spending time with loved ones. It’s also the perfect time to count your blessings, and reinstate the awesome power of gratitude.

Scientific studies, including those by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have shown that people who cultivate gratitude lead more happy, joyful, energetic lives. The deeper we appreciate, the more we move from a state of fear (or not having enough) to a state of expansion and love.

So how can we practice expressing gratitude into our daily lives? An effective way to do this is by keeping a daily gratitude journal, and documenting your appreciation. We all have a general, off the top of our head, list of things we are thankful for.

For instance, mine would start off like this:

  1. Husband
  2. Parents
  3. Siblings
  4. Friends
  5. Job

But the stand alone exercise of making an itemized list is not enough to feel the paramount influence of gratitude. It is much more compelling to be specific; pick one thing you are grateful for and write five, detailed sentences about it.

For instance, I am grateful for my husband Ryan because:

  1. He loves me unconditionally. He doesn’t have to understand me, but he always supports me and truly cares about me.
  2. He balances me out with his calm demeanor, and satisfaction with life as it is in this moment today.
  3. He is genuinely a good person. I value his character, morals and convictions, and how he treats others.
  4. He is funny and makes me laugh.
  5. I love being wrapped up in his arms, it makes me feel secure, loved, and warm.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Try doing this exercise every day for a month and see the immense power that gratitude can bring into your life!

Christina is an odd combination of a perfectionist that insists on things happening organically, or according to nature. She wants to have all the control, yet leave life up to chance, and it is a concept that she admittedly constantly struggles with. Her love for her family puts a spark in her eye that only happens with movie effects. A self proclaimed hermit, she laughs at the hypocrisy of her love for party planning. Christina’s message is the importance of slowing down, and reclaiming joy by surrounding yourself with people and things you love. "I am going to make everything around me beautiful," she says, "that will be my life."

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