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Do you know how to get gratitude working for you?

Do you know how to get gratitude working for you?

You’ve likely heard how important it is to be grateful. You’ve likely also been advised to keep a gratitude journal. For many, it sounds like a good idea but you just haven’t gotten around to it. Perhaps you feel pissy about the pressure to feel grateful. The challenge is to find a reason to do this, because the jury is in. Gratitude works to enhance joyous living!

Here’s the tip: Notice whether you feel receptive to searching for and/ or feeling gratitude. If not, see if you’re ready to shift attitudes. If yes, check where/how in your body you feel receptive. Next, start small and be specific. I’m not talking about big gratitude for not living in war torn nation… certainly a gift …I’m talking about reviewing your day and noticing little things like how your coffee tasted just right this AM, or that a hummingbird danced before your eyes, or how really helpful the clerk was at Kmart…or that your beloved smiled at you today in the way you love.

After you find miniature moments for gratitude, observe how feeling thankful feels in your body. Check your breath, your gut, your heart. Notice openness, softness, flow and the tiniest waves of pleasure.

Finally, when ready, make a commitment to finding three things to be grateful for every day. Although writing helps the experience of gratitude expand, the most important thing is to notice and receive. Watch how life gradually become more delicious as you now, consciously, search throughout the day for what makes your list. You deserve to feel this good.

About The Author

Penelope Young Andrade

Penelope Young Andrade, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist, founder of the San Diego Center for Psychosynthesis, and founder of Transformational Talk Radio. 858-481-5752

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