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Building The Gratitude Muscle

Building The Gratitude Muscle
Christmas is just a few weeks away and I’ve been feeling very grateful…actually I feel grateful all the time. Now, I don’t want to sound like a Buddhist monk, but I’ve been doing something every night for 14 years that makes me feel this way…it’s my Gratitude Ritual. Before I retire for the night, I scribble down on a pad of yellow paper everything that I’m grateful for from that day or things I might have done to make another person happy.

I love this quote, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” – Melody Beattie

Pretty powerful, ain’t it? I’ve been told that in moments we feel true gratitude, we’re in one of the most highest and most powerful states we can ever be in as human beings. I’m sure you can recall a time or two when you were truly feeling grateful for something. All of your “problems” instantly went away for a bit, didn’t they?

Because of the euphoric state being grateful puts you in, I have recently decided to change my Gratitude Ritual. Now, every morning when I arrive at the office, I make a list of 5 things I’m genuinely grateful for. Sometimes items repeat themselves, sometimes something comes up just once, due to a recent activity. Either way, my journal has become a place for gratitude rather than just random thoughts and ideas.

This simple practice takes 5-10 minutes every morning and has changed my life. When you start your day with gratitude, everything you do seems easier, people seem nicer and good things seem to happen more frequently. I encourage you to do this for the coming year. Truly think and FEEL the gratitude as you write these items down. If you do this every morning and allow yourself to feel the gratitude, I guarantee your days will be smoother, more abundant with good things and overall you’ll be a much happier person. If Feburary rolls around and you haven’t noticed an ounce of benefit, call me crazy and you can drop this exercise like a bad habit. But I really doubt that will happen.

I hope you have a safe, joyous holiday season and you understand that I’m GRATEFUL FOR YOU as a friend, client and a regular reader of my published materials…Buddha, out.

Now Go Smoke Your Competition! –  Bob Maunsell
Former Sgt U.S. Air Force
Have an E.S.P style day, Easy, Successful, Profitable.

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  1. Bill Thomas says

    Bob, Great perspective on being grateful. I would only add to that including in your list of things you’re grateful for a list of those you could help. I agree with your comments about gratitude but giving is just as powerful. It may just be a “thank you” note, or just thinking of you phone call. It could be a secret Santa gift, or a helping hand. The feeling of giving is just as powerful as gratitude. If you don’t make a list of those you want to give to you will miss a lot of opportunities. I am going to start your practice with the addition of those I can give something to. Great piece.

  2. Bob Maunsell says

    Hey Bill,

    You’re right. The feeling you get when giving is just as powerful as the sensation you feel when you’re grateful. Hope you and your family have a great Holiday season.


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