Being Grateful All Year

Kara Bauer Health Guide
  • The holiday period is a universal time to give thanks and appreciation to those in our lives. However, once the holidays have passed and the New Year begins, it’s easy to get caught up in the challenges of life again, focusing on our struggles as opposed to our blessings.

    As I’ve written about in the past, the law of attraction responds to what you think about and put energy towards.  If you are constantly focused on those things that aren’t working in your life, that’s where your energy goes and that’s what you attract more of.

    If it’s hard for you to believe that you have that much power, think about the concept in terms of perception. For example, when you fall in love, you are on top of the world. Everything looks beautiful and there isn’t much that can get you down. When you walk down the street, you notice things that reinforce the feelings of happiness inside you. Maybe it’s the freshly planted flowers alongside the street you drive on, maybe it’s the abundance of couples in love that you suddenly notice for the first time, or maybe it’s an act of kindness that you might normally miss if you were focused on something negative. Given this situation, I would be surprised if you didn’t attract a few smiles from those that pass by you, as others can’t help but feel the positive energy resonating from you.

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    Alternatively, you could just as easily notice everything that seems wrong with the world if you were to seek out proof. For example, if instead of being high on love, you decide that love is scarce and that you’ll never find it, you will surely notice everywhere where love is not present. This reinforces your “truth” and continues the pattern of attracting situations into your life that match up to your thoughts and underlying beliefs.

    When we are conscious of the things we appreciate in our lives, we attract more of what we are grateful for because we are able to receive what comes our way.

    If you still don’t believe me, give it a try. Take a few minutes and write down everything you are grateful for from the past year. Additionally, think about the things you would like to change and find something that you can already be grateful for today in each of those areas. For instance, if you want to lose weight, be grateful that you are here reading this site and taking steps to change your situation. If you want to change careers, be grateful for all of the skills that you’ve attained in your current job that will help you obtain your dream job. If you want to find romantic love, be grateful for the people already in your life and put your attention on them in addition to loving yourself.  Simply put, experiment with being grateful for those things you take for granted .

    Continue with the practice of being grateful throughout the year and notice what comes into your life. You might even be surprised that you are perfectly content with your life just as it is.

Published On: January 04, 2010