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Your Gratitude List:
Ideas To Help You Jump-Start Your Writing

I'm sure many of you have heard about writing out a gratitude list and keeping a gratitude journal. And I'm also sure that although you know that this can be powerful stuff, you just haven't begun to do it yet.

"True forgiveness is saying with gratitude:
Thank you for giving me that experience so
that I could learn from it."

~Dr. Michael Beckwith, New-Thought Minister

Being Thankful - Making a Gratitude List - Photo: Morguefile.com

The question is: Why not?

Do you have "writer's block"? Not sure where to begin? Can't figure out what to be grateful for when your life seems to be going downhill faster than a falling rock?

What usually stops us from doing these types of exercises is often caused by the fact that we just can't see how this will help us in any way. You need to pay your electric bill or they'll be shutting the power off... how does writing in a journal help in any way?

Well, to tell the truth - writing out a gratitude list won't help pay that power bill.

What is WILL do is help you to shift your focus away from scarcity and worry, and instead help to create a focus on gratefulness - and hopefully you will begin to see the large amount of abundance and prosperity that you already have in your life. This whole exercise, in turn, will begin to spark new ideas on how you can pay that bill!

Sound complicated? Truly, it's not.

Hard to believe that doing a gratitude list each day can accomplish this? I can see your point, but if you haven't tried it (and I mean did it consistently over several weeks), then how do you know it doesn't work? Where's your proof?

You see, when you're so focused on the lack of money or the lack of anything for that matter, that is ALL that you can think about. You fall into an anxiety-producing depression with a "why bother?" mindset, and so any idea that may be presented to you will be dismissed as "too hard," "not doable," "impossible to accomplish."

Think about that for a moment. Isn't the above statement true? How often have you been given advice on how to do something about your situation and you just couldn't get your mind to consider it seriously?

By creating a gratitude list each and every day, you shift your perspective.

New possibilities begin to open up. Ideas start to form... and from there you can take action. And that inspired action is what leads to amazing results.

In any case, just give it a try for one month. Just for 30 days. See for yourself how powerful a gratitude list can be when you commit to writing one at the end of each day consistently.

Learning How To Create Simple Abundance

Simple Abundance Book

I would also like to suggest that you read Sarah Ban Breathnach's book, Simple Abundance.

This book is without a doubt, one of the best thought-provoking books that I've read. It contains 366 daily essays, along with quotes, poems, meditations, and practical exercises written from a woman's perspective. It has been set up so that you only need to read one small section each day for one year. You really only need about 5 to 10 minutes a day to benefit from her insights and advice.

And yes, she gets you to start a gratitude journal and begin keeping your own daily gratitude list. It's one of the very first things that you do - because it really is that life-changing.

Some of the days provide suggestions on simple activities that you can begin doing that will immediately create a sense of joy and abundance in your world. I love this book and it's one of the best gifts I have ever received. Best of all, you can use it year after year, beginning again at the beginning.

Tap Into Your Emotional Center

To help you get started with a gratitude list of your own, I've created a list of items that I take into consideration to be thankful for. Hopefully, this generalized list will help you jog your own memory and emotions on what you can truly be thankful for.

One last point before you begin: Take the time to feel emotionally grateful for something before you write it down. Visualize the image in your mind and get in touch with your own feelings concerning the subject for 15 to 30 seconds.

These two articles should help you with the visualization process:

Keep in mind that it's the good emotional charges that make you feel better... and that's the energy you want to put out into the universe. It's that emotional happiness that will shift your focus - and your life overall.

The more grateful you are for what you already have - the more you'll find things showing up into your life that will add to that attitude of gratitude. It's the "Law" and it does work!

What's On Your Gratitude List?

Praying Hands - Giving Gratitude

  • A gushing waterfall cascading over a hillside, falling freely into a pond. The mist and spray creating a cloud of moist vapor to give the scene a surreal atmosphere. Being grateful to experience these moments.

  • A gorgeous sunset with its vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow radiating over a sparkling ocean, pristine lake or sliding behind inspiring mountain peaks. Being thankful to see the beauty in this.

  • Wild horses running free, the wind blowing their manes and tails back. Their muscular legs covering the ground as they run in joyful freedom. Being grateful for having the freedom to make choices.

  • A new sunrise each day. The rays of the sun slowly cresting the horizon, causing dew to sparkle and clouds in the sky to look like fluffy, colorful cotton balls. Being grateful for feeling the warmth of the sun's energy and starting a new day with a joyful attitude - because I can choose my own emotional responses, knowing that nobody can "make me" feel anything I don't want to feel.

  • A refreshing, warm rainfall leaving puddles to splash in! It's also a good day to sit at home by the window, watching the water fall and sipping a nice cup of herbal tea. Being grateful for taking the time to relax for a short while.

  • The peaks and spires of majestic mountains, some snow-capped, while playing hide and seek in the clouds. Being thankful for being able to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of nature.

  • A hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa that comforts you and warms your insides. Gratefulness for some of the simple things in life that make me feel good.

  • A bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup - a favorite comfort food and a wonderfully simple cure for colds! Gratitude for tried and true folk remedies!

  • Having fresh water to drink on a daily basis. Being grateful for its easy availability, that it moisturizes my skin, and helps to cleanse my body.

  • Getting a bread making machine (or whatever appliance you're truly happy with). Being grateful that I can now make fresh bread with no preservatives, in a variety of ways, and on a daily basis.

  • Bubble baths. Need I say more?

  • Turning off the alarm and sleeping for another 20 minutes. Who wouldn't be grateful on the occasions that you can do that?

  • A great novel to read. Being able to immerse yourself in another world for a short period of time and forget any worries.

This is a sampling of the types of things that I include on my own gratitude list. It should help you get started with writing out your own.

Of course, I also include things such as being loved by my husband, grateful for the wonderful children I have, spending time with good friends, etc. So be sure to add them in as well.

However, I wanted to demonstrate that there is a whole lot more in this universe that you can also be thankful for. Look for them.

One thing I hope you noticed while reading though the above entries is that I not only put down what I was grateful for, I also included WHY I was thankful for it.

Always write down the reason why you are feeling gratitude for this or that particular thing. It's what helps you tap into your emotional center and cements the joy within. That's the real key to making these gratitude lists work in attracting more abundance into your life.

Where would you like to go now?

Read some uplifting Gratitude Quotations or immerse yourself in our selection of Gratitude Poems




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