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Attitude of Gratitude
a Grateful Exercise

Having an attitude of gratitude prepares your mind to receive new possibilities and potentials. In saying "Thank you" you give your thanks, your acknowledgement, in return for what you have received. In turn, you receive more and give more through your gratitude.

A gratitude attitude paves a way to peace of mind as well. Gaining peace of mind as an ongoing continuous experience takes most of us time to cultivate. That's because it involves thinking and thoughts. Patterns of negative thinking need to dissolve. New supportive patterns of positive thought grow in their place.

Fertilize your ground. Weed your negative patterns with this simple and good therapeutic remedy: the healing art of giving thanks.

Yes. Saying "Thank you" is medicinal.

Over time this exercise helps. It gently softens and dissolves negative belief patterns that no longer support you. It also helps to rebuild positive belief patterns that do support you.

It improves your mental health, too. What is mental health? It's a healthy mind that's thinking, feeling and acting in alignment with what has meaning for you.

The Attitude of Gratitude exercise can be used in combination with other pain and stress reduction techniques that resonate for you.

But don't take my word for it - test it for yourself.

Stress relief techniques for pain and stress reduction

Let's shift. And reclaim your calm.

A self-care moment. Try this:

The Attitude of Gratitude exercise:

You will need:

  • Paper or a journal/notebook for a gratitude journal
  • Or print out a gratitude journal form here
  • Pen, pencil or a special writing utensil

So the following daily before you go to bed for 4 weeks. It takes about 5 minutes. Though you can spend as much time as you like on it.

  1. Assess yourself on a 0 to 10 scale
    0 means you are very well and at peace. 10 means you are not well at all. Example: Experiencing an anxiety attack
    Assess each of the 4 aspects of your holistic health on this 0 to 10 scale.
    Your physical body Your mental state - your mind Your emotional state - how you feel Your spiritual connection
  2. Reflect on the day. What are you thankful for? Write them down. Even if you had a rough day, find at least three things you are thankful for. Example: your life, your breath and the air are three things to be thankful for.
  3. Reflect on feeling thankful for what you have. Feel the feeling of thankfulness and gratitude.
  4. Assess yourself on the above scale again.
  5. What did you notice in your pre-assessment and post-assessment?
  6. Go to bed.
  7. Repeat steps 1 - 5 for 4 weeks.
  8. What do you notice about yourself, your thoughts, your mind, heart, your emotions and spirit?

This exercise helps you cultivate mental well being. It increases your experience of mental wellness. Change begins with becoming aware of what you need support in. Take another step in your wellness revolution today.

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