The Season of Gratitude: A Practical Guide to Feeling More Grateful

Coral Gables Counseling Center - Wednesday, November 08, 2023
By coralgables_admin

By Pan He, Certified Life Coach

It’s November, and Thanksgiving is coming up in the United States. Families and friends gather to celebrate and give thanks collectively. Not only is November the season of gratitude, but all year round. Every day and every moment is best spent in a state of gratitude.

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Life happens, things come up unexpectedly, and there will be times when it will be difficult to feel grateful. But knowing it is temporary and finding ways to access your gratitude center is the key. If you examine your situation deeply and really become creative, you can tap into the gratitude message this life lesson is presenting to you.

You can also ask the universe, God, or your highest self how this experience can be positive and how you can be grateful for it. It’s ultimately one of the secrets to manifest and achieve your dreams and results.

What happens when you are vibrating in a constant state of gratitude? You have a better outlook on life. You attract more of what you want by matching your energy and mental state with what you desire and aim for.

“Thank and Grow Rich: A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy” by Pam Grout is a self-help book that explores the transformative power of gratitude.

Drawing inspiration from Napoleon Hill’s classic work, “Think and Grow Rich,” Grout presents a 30-day experiment where readers are encouraged to practice gratitude to enhance their lives. Throughout the book, readers are introduced to the concept of the “FP” (Field of Potentiality), a universal force that responds to positive energy and gratitude. By expressing gratitude and joy, readers can tap into this force and manifest their desires and goals.

“Thank and Grow Rich” is filled with inspiring stories and practical exercises, making it a guidebook for anyone looking to enhance their well-being and attract positive experiences. Grout’s message is clear: gratitude is a key that can unlock the door to a richer, more abundant life.

I have personally experienced as I practice being more grateful that bringing gratitude into awareness involves cultivating a mindset of thankfulness and appreciating the positive aspects of my life.

Here are some ideas to help you cultivate a mindset of thankfulness:

Gratitude Journaling: Set aside a few minutes each day to write down things you are grateful for. It is best if it’s done in the morning before you start your day. Then again at night before you go to bed. They can be big or small, specific or general. Regularly reflecting on what you’re thankful for can increase your awareness of the positive aspects of your life.

Gratitude Jar: Keep a jar and small pieces of paper near your workspace. Whenever something good happens or you feel thankful, write them down and put them in the jar. Over time, reading these notes can remind you of the positive moments in your life.

Mindful Gratitude: Practice mindfulness and bring your attention to the present moment. Notice the sensations, experiences, and people around you that you are grateful for. Mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing or visualization, can help you focus on gratitude.

Express Your Gratitude: Don’t keep your gratitude to yourself. Express your thanks to others. It might be a simple thank-you note, a text, or a verbal expression of appreciation. By vocalizing your gratitude, you reinforce the positive feelings associated with it.

Gratitude Rituals: Create daily or weekly rituals that remind you to be grateful. It could be saying grace before meals, expressing gratitude before bedtime, or starting your day by acknowledging something you’re thankful for.

Gratitude Walks: Take a walk outdoors and pay attention to everything you are grateful for: the beauty of nature, the kindness of strangers, or the ability to move and breathe.

Gratitude Meditations: Practice guided gratitude meditations. There are numerous apps and online resources that offer guided meditations focused on gratitude. These exercises can help you develop a sense of appreciation and awareness.

Gratitude Reminders: Set reminders on your phone or place visual cues in your environment (like sticky notes) to prompt you to pause and think about something you’re thankful for several times a day.

Gratitude Challenges: Participate in gratitude challenges where you commit to finding something to be grateful for every day for a specific period. Challenges often create a sense of accountability and consistency.

Gratitude Board: Create a physical or digital board where you can pin or save images and notes representing things you’re grateful for. Visualizing your gratitude can make it more tangible and powerful.

Remember, the key to bringing gratitude into awareness is consistent practice. By incorporating these techniques into your daily life, you can train your mind to focus on the positive, fostering a sense of gratitude and contentment. The more you allow yourself to bring gratitude to consciousness and the more you are aware of it all around you – the easier you can access it.  And, the faster you get to the results of the life you want and are meant to live.

NOTE: Pan is launching a series of affirmation coloring books with the first one being released on Thanksgiving this year, November 23, 2023.” You can join the waitlist here. https://msha.ke/panhecoaching

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“Until we can get on the frequency of gratitude, our connection to the bigger thing is blocked.” Pam Grout