Cultivating Gratitude and Optimism

Plant the seeds of gratitude and optimism, and your life will blossom.  I see these components hand-in-hand.  For when one is grateful, an optimistic state of being seems to naturally unfold.

So, why are these factors of such importance? I believe, that when we are grateful for the things in life that bring us joy, or have taught us lessons we begin to live in a state of greater happiness.  Appreciation for the most simple, to the most extravagant aspects of our experience can radically transform our outlook.  We go forward seeing beauty and worthiness in everyone, and everything.

There will be times, of course, that you may feel burdened or troubled.  This is a great time to shift your focus from the things in your life that are tumultuous to the things your are grateful for. You may even consider what kind of lesson this trying experience may be teaching you, and be grateful for the lesson.

GRATITUDE

Make gratitude part of your daily practice.  You can start by making a simple list and expanding on it, or simply bring the things you are grateful for into your awareness each day.  Experiment with it; be creative.  What ways can you practice more gratitude in your life?

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Be sure to express your gratitude to people in your life.  Your family, friends, mentors — whomever it may be in YOUR life, tell them exactly how thankful you are to have them, and how they have impacted your life for the better.  In this manner you are cultivating happiness and gratitude in not only your life, but also the life of another.  I will leave you with some food for thought:

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Thank YOU so much for reading — I leave you with love and gratitude, from my heart to yours!

❤ ❤ ❤

Amanda

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