I can't emphasize enough how important it is to practice gratitude when you are following your path to personal development growth.
You should think of it not only as a tool for transformation but as a way of life.
Now, if you have wrapped your mind around the fact that everything is energy then you realize there is no separation and we are all connected. Everything is energy with it's own rate of vibration that attracts things of like vibrations to it. That of course includes our thoughts. And thoughts and feelings of gratitude are some of the most powerful and they can be a gift of healing for yourself and for others.
#1. BE THANKFUL IN ADVANCE: It has been said that the most powerful form of gratitude is the kind which you express in advance of your actual experience. The expression of faith and trust in the universe that this requires allows for the most effective type of vibrational shift.
#2. FIND THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR IN BAD SITUATIONS: Focus on someone you have a conflict with or on a negative emotional situation in your life. You then look for things to be grateful for in those situations. They may not be obvious, but they are ALWAYS there.
A more expanded, higher energy will come from this and that has been physically measured on the vibrational scale.
Learn more about vibrating at Love or Above on the vibrational scale.
KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL: It's a good practice to take 10 minutes a day to write down things you are grateful for and that bring you joy. They can be big or small as long as you tune into the feelings of gratitude for having them in your life right now.
Be grateful for: a stress-free commute to work, a call you got from an old friend, a delicious meal, a hug from your child, a compliment you received from your boss, a great night's sleep, an invigorating workout, a smile from a stranger...
DO A GRATITUDE WALK: As you're strolling with the kids, walking the dog, or doing your chores, look around and rattle off as many things as you can think of to be grateful for. Tell the universe out loud what you love about your life.
SIGN UP FOR THE GRATITUDE LOG: This is an online community for spreading gratitude and appreciation. It's like Twitter for thankful people. You can sign up for free and tap into a community of positive people like spiritual entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, authors and share your daily appreciation.
WRITE A GRATITUDE LETTER: Write a mock letter to someone very important in your life who would be excited for your news. Tell them how grateful you are about this wonderful thing that has happened in your life. Doing this exercise will bring about intense emotions and will put you in a joyful, grateful vibration.
"Hi Linda, The most exciting thing happened to me... I couldn't wait to tell you about it. I went to the gym a few weeks ago and was working out and got to talking to the girl next to me. I told her about the new business that I just launched and it turns out she was a writer for a big time online magazine. She was so interested that she interviewed me for an article. Now I have several new clients and I was asked to speak at a networking event. I am SO grateful that I met her that day."
TIP: You can even write this "as if" that something happened to try and attract it into your life.
Just make sure you practice gratitude every day. Create a routine that's easy and sustainable.
When it comes to creating and experiencing more peace in your life, it's a law of the universe that it will always deliver in the right time for the right vibration of your body.
So if you practice gratitude, you will energetically raise your vibration and speed up the process of attracting more of what you desire.
There is truly NO BETTER WAY to do that than when you are in a state of gratitude.