Accessing the Power of Gratitude

 “Yes Please! More Please! Thank You!”

When something is going well in my life, an unexpected gift, a windfall, new clients, a podcast or interview invitation, opportunities for fun, for work,  for pleasure, no matter how big or small it is, I say, “Yes Please! More Please! Thank You!”

Taught to me by my manifestation coach. I say it out loud, with a smile, with glee. My kids roll their eyes and laugh (and I have caught them saying it too!!!).

The practise of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years.

Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain.

So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. Programmed into us for survival, watching for danger.

However, for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word.

We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention.

For my clients, I encourage them to keep a little notebook to write down all the ways that they are delighted by experiences, items, surprises, kind words, smiles, gestures. This is gathering evidence to counter all the things that aren’t right.

 

Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: sunshine, colourful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

Keep an evidence journal or a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.

  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
  • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.
  • Smile and dance and exclaim  “Yes Please! More Please! Thank You!”

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling.

That sense of fulfilment is gratitude at work.

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Lauren Bell helps nurses, healers and caring professionals who feel burnt out, stuck, angry and silenced to step up, stand out and be valued at the highest level in their field.


Passionate for holistic health and wellness – body, mind, and spirit, Lauren delivers high impact transformation with therapy, coaching and workshops to move you forward and live the life you dreamed because you do deserve more. You deserve to ‘Love Your Extraordinary Life.’


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