Wanna be happy? Be grateful!
This is a guest post by Francie Fishman of Pure Flow Yoga
Gratitude is a powerful and transformative practice that can increase our happiness levels 25% according to Robert Emmons, PhD - one of the world’s foremost experts on gratitude – in his book, “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.”
Gratitude helps to shift the focus away from what you don’t have, to the abundance of what you do have.
"Gratitude is wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” Rumi
It helps us to see where we have taken things for granted, or how can we bring more sacred presence into the mundane. Even something as ordinary as the moment of stillness before you get out of bed in the morning, can be such a window into bliss and appreciation of this precious life.
Gratitude can help us shift our perspective after what feels like a negative event. We remember that contained within each difficulty is the seed of an equal or greater possibility: the jewel in the lotus flower!
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
Make a commitment to keep going with your gratitude journal. Or to take a few moments each morning to reflect on 3 things that you’re grateful for. Moving forward, you will be grateful you have a gratitude practice!
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