The Gratitude Plan

by Elizabeth Ruff


William Arthur Ward, author, once said, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” Gratitude is the unique quality of being entirely thankful for what you have, as well as always being ready to appreciate and help others. Gratitude is one of the primary keys to living a happy and prosperous life. For when you show gratitude for what you have, you are content with your life and positive about all that it has to offer.




If you feel a lack of gratitude in your life and are afraid that it may be creating a void, it is time for you to take action and learn how you can develop gratitude to live a happier life. If you are currently in a difficult situation in your life and think that it is impossible for you to be thankful, then it's time you learned how to cultivate gratitude and achieve greatness. With your determination and effort, you can quickly develop a sense of gratitude and become content with yourself and your life.


Presently, our world situation remains uncertain and unstable....as it always has been! As that gets magnified, our gratitude needs to get stronger and more vibrant. And we need to not only have practices around it, but to talk about it and REMEMBER all of the vibrant gifts that this thing called life has for us.

THE GRATITUDE PLAN I you are currently in a difficult situation in your life and think that it is impossible for you to be thankful, then it's BEYOND time you learned how to cultivate gratitude and achieve greatness. With your determination and effort, you can quickly develop a sense of gratitude and become content with yourself and your life.

It is extremely easy to forget something, especially when you are trying to form a new habit. Placing visual reminders around your home or workspace can help you stay on track with your goals.

THE GRATITUDE PLAN

  • Create reminders that will prompt you throughout the day to think about gratitude, or merely to pause and reflect. Here are some ideas for your gratitude reminders.

  • Carry a small stone in your pocket. When you notice the rock, pause for a moment and reflect on gratitude.

  • Place a note on your office wall, refrigerator at home, or bathroom mirror that says, “I am grateful.”

  • Set the alarm on your phone to go off one or more times a day as a cue to pause and reflect on gratitude.

  • Schedule a five-minute “gratitude break” in your office calendar two or three times each week. Use the calendar reminder feature to help keep you on track.

  • Have a “gratitude partner,” someone with whom you check in daily to help identify aspects of gratitude in the day.

Taking time each day to remember that what you are grateful is a spiritual practice. It can align with any religion you practice, and if you abstain from religion, then it can align with just being a grateful member of humanity along with the rest of us. Even in the darkest of days, take time to remember what you are grateful for, and that will shine brighter for you. These are the seeds for the yogic practice of santosha, contentment. When you grow the seeds of gratitude in your life, you can rest in the beauty and abundance that is already a part of you.

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