Gratitude is an immensely powerful healing force that we can use to expand our positive influence on others, improve our relationships, our health and our circumstances. Gratitude works like magic; it can instantly change our mindset from a negative to a positive.
We can be happy and content, regardless of the adversity, if we choose to live with gratitude, courage and inner peace. If we choose to define our happiness by material wealth and go through life without gratitude, we may live a miserable, shallow life and be preoccupied with worry, fear, doubt and rejection.
We control our own reality.
Gratitude is expressed through our thoughts and our words and carries a combination of vibrational frequencies. Frequencies and vibrations can influence our gene expression, positively or negatively, which in turn can have a profound impact on our mood, emotions, thoughts, and most importantly, our health and circumstances.
Prominent researchers in the field of positive psychology, such as Robert Emmons, Michael McCullough, and Martin Seligman have discovered that individuals who exhibit and express more gratitude are happier, healthier, and more energetic. Grateful people report fewer stomachaches, nausea, acne, and spend more time exercising! And the more a person is inclined towards gratitude, the less lonely, stressed, anxious and depressed they’ll be.
Your DNA isn’t your destiny, but your thoughts can shape your destiny
According to the science of epigenetics (the study of how environmental factors outside of DNA influence changes in gene expression), stem cells and even DNA can be altered through magnetic fields, heart coherence, positive mental states and intention. Top scientists around the world agree that genetic determinism is a flawed theory. The DNA we are born with is not the only determinant for our health and well-being. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. stated that the important difference between genetic determinism and epigenetics. In other words, our thought and words can affect our gene expression.
There are simple steps that you can begin today if you want to start attracting positive energy into your life, and that is to show your gratitude, love and appreciation for the people and things that you have been surrounded by and blessed with. This is because appreciation, gratitude and love are the most intense forms of vibrational healing frequencies.
Consider trying these seven steps:
Keep a gratitude journal
Decide today that you are going to reduce negativity in your life by ridding yourself of negative thoughts and people. Be grateful and start the habit of appreciating things that you have instead of complaining about the things that you don’t have. At the end of each day, write down 1 to 3 things you feel grateful for. Simplicity is key: a sunny day, you still alive, your kids or your best friend’s laughter. As more of your thoughts and words become positive while writing your gratitude journal, you’ll start attracting more positive people and circumstances.
Express your gratitude and practice forgiveness
Don’t take your loved ones for granted. Express your gratitude and love towards them by writing them “Thank You” notes. Tell your friends and family members how their support and sense of humor helps you get through tough times and how much it means to you.
Staying positive, regardless of your circumstances, can help to heal yourself and those around you. Fighting “what is” could be very painful. Accepting and letting yourself feel and go through pain can actually help to reduce the pain
If you do happen to find out how a particular problem gifted you with a blessing, share it with everyone you know. This sharing will empower you and others to become survivors instead of victims. When you allow yourself to acknowledge and feel the pain, you’re transforming that pain energy into healing energy, and that energy can help to fuel your healing process.
It’s best not to focus on those who’s hurt and disappointed you
If you’ve experienced pain and hurt from a friend or loved one, remind yourself that putting thought and energy into these disappointing and hurtful memories will only cause you more pain. At times when we are in crisis, it’s important to remain focused on what can help us heal.
Look for the lessons learned by overcoming adversities
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Difficulties mastered are opportunities won” – Winston Churchill
Have faith and realize that a crisis could be a blessing in disguise
“Economic Crisis is Blessing in Disguise” – Dr. Harold Krikke
Whatever crisis befalls upon you may in fact be saving you from something worse, or be preparing and bringing you something better.
Actions speak louder than words. Take a Gratitude Walk
This is a particularly useful practice when you’re feeling down (depressed) or filled with stress and worry. Set aside 30 minutes (or longer if you can) and go for a walk – outside preferably getting direct sunlight – in your neighborhood, through a park, or hike somewhere in nature. Breathe, pause, and be grateful for the air that is filling your lungs and making your life possible. Allow the transformative positive energy to flow through you.
Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton
The Power of Gratitude, Ellen G. Goldman
How Stress Can Clog Your Arteries, Sarah C. P. Williams
Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman
The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky
Positivity, Barbara Fredrickson