Remember Tony the Tiger? He wasn't afraid to let us know that Frosted Flakes were "Grrreat!".
What could happen if we approached our lives like Tony approached his bowl of Frosted Flakes? Gratitude is an attitude. Gratitude is a choice. AND...Gratitude can become a habit. Like Tony would do...lets turn "Gratitude" into GRR-ATTITUDE
Science has now confirmed that gratitude is good for your health. A practice of gratitude changes our neural pathways establishing a "neural groove" that actually makes us feel better! Gratitude is a high vibrational energy. Being "in appreciation" means you have no resistance - you are allowing life in fully and are aligned with what is happening.
Remember the fabulous song from 1978 - "Thank you for being a Friend
" by Andrew Gold (later the theme song of the Golden Girls)? Simple yet emphatic -he had Grrr-attitude!
No wonder it felt so great to belt that song out with our buddies after a few glasses of "crackling baby duck" ... (ah those were the days!)
Three ways Grrr-Attitude will change your life
1/ you will find that Grrr-Attitude expands. The more gratitude you have, the more you have to be grateful for!
2/ Grrr-Attitude "positive-izes" your focus. Grrr-Attitude instantly changes your thinking from a place of "scarcity" to a place of "plenty"
helps you slow down and enjoy life which reduces stress and improves your relationships Three easy ways to develop your feelings of "Grrr-Attitude"
1/ Make a Grrr- Attitude List
I invite you to create an ongoing list of the things in your life you are grateful for. Have some fun with this! Get a big poster board and have your entire family contribute. My personal goal: to have 2009 things on my list by the end of 2009!
Here are my first 10: my family, my friends, neon post it notes, the incredible undefinable blue colour of the sky at dusk, freedom, the biking trails in Pacific Spirit Park, my mom's creamy-style macaroni and cheese, barbershop harmony, hard-cover books, soft misting rains.
2/ Take part in a daily "Grrr-Attitude"challenge
Here's the challenge - make a conscious effort to acknowledge and appreciate at least three people per day. Express your gratitude. Go public with your thoughts. I guarantee you will make someone's day. Try to go even one step further than "Thank you". eg/ when speaking to the Safeway cashier "Wow you are really busy. I am impressed that you keep your cool and are pleasant when you are under so much pressure. Thank you" 3/ Take part in a nightly "Grrr-Attitude" sign-off
Spend 5 minutes just before you fall asleep writing down what happened or what you noticed that day that you are grateful for. You will find that you will begin to be more aware of and thankful for the small things (the little girl next door that smiled at you), small victories (like getting the Christmas tree lights untangled) as well as the bigger things (I am grateful that I am warm in my bed with a roof over my head in this Vancouver monsoon). You will go to sleep with positive thoughts and Grrr-Attitude
rather than thoughts of worry and stress. "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow" - Melodie Beattie