Having a grateful heart is curial if we want to not only enjoy the life we have but also to appreciate what we currently have in life. Can you say without a shadow of a doubt that you are grateful for what you have in life and really mean it? Or do you focus on what you do not have?
The definition of gratitude is the feeling of thankfulness or appreciation for a gift or service.
You are more blessed than you may realize and this blog post will help you learn the meaning of gratitude as well as help you see your life in a different light. Creating a grateful heart is not for the faint of heart. It takes time, perseverance, and a lot of work, but it can be done!
For me, creating a grateful heart has taught me to appreciate everything that I have right here, right now because it could all be gone tomorrow. What you are currently grateful for can be something big or something small, but as long as you are truly grateful for the things you have and focus on that gratitude daily, that is what matters the most.
In today’s blog post, I am going to share with you a visualization exercise that sheds new light on what it means to be grateful. It all starts by taking care of your gratitude garden.
Not sure what I am referring to? Well, then keep on reading!
Having an Attitude of Gratitude
Let’s say you are a gardener and you have a beautiful garden full of different kinds of fruit trees and flowers. Now you love this garden because it brings you so much joy every time you walk through it and take care of it.
But one day you realize that one of your fruit trees isn’t producing any fruit. You are not sure why, but you decide to pay more attention to this particular tree in hopes that it will produce some fruit.
So you tend to this tree day in and day out. You go to your local gardening store to get different fertilizers and weed killers to help give this tree the best chance of success.
Now you put all of your time, money, and effort into this one tree for 6 months. After 6 months, nothing has changed.
This tree is still not producing any fruit!
By this point, you are ready to cut this tree down. But there is a little voice in your head telling you to give it one more chance. So you give it another 6 months in hopes something happens.
So after a year of putting all of your time, money, effort, and attention into this one tree, you begin to see a little bit of a change, but not a lot, but you are so happy because there is some progress.
Now that something is finally happening with that one tree, you begin to move your focus back to the other trees in your garden. Unfortunately, though, most of the other trees in your garden have died and you are not sure if you will be able to revive them.
The thing is…
While you were so focused and determined to get fruit to produce from that one tree, you neglected to take care of the other trees in your garden.
This visualization pertains to how we can treat the blessings that we have in our lives.
When we are so focused on what we do not have, we can neglect or not appreciate what we do have. This includes our friendships, family, health, having a roof over our head, the ability to travel, getting outside to enjoy nature, eating that day, the ability to walk without help, having a job, the ability to buy food, and the list goes on and on.
You are more blessed than you may realize. That is why there is a saying, “count your blessings.” That is why people write down what they are grateful for on paper to help them see just how truly blessed they are.
Looking for more ways to create a more grateful heart? Listen to these gratitude affirmations below.
Now that you have a better understanding of what it means to have an attitude of gratitude, I have a 30 day gratitude challenge for you.
30 Day Gratitude Challenge
You may have completed a similar challenge before, but this one has a little twist.
For the next 30 days, I want you to come up with at least 3 things you are grateful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Also, it has to be something new every day.
In addition to that, every day I want you to thank someone for doing something for you no matter how big or small it is. This person can be a stranger or someone you know.
By doing this, you are showing gratitude to others as well as appreciating the little things that people do for you. This is spreading positivity and love to others and it can be quite contagious.
So be sure to thank someone daily along with writing down 3 new things you are grateful for. Do this for the next 30 days!
Good luck on completing this challenge!
Leave a comment below letting me know how you liked it and how it has helped you to be more grateful!
P.S. For more ways to help you to create a more positive you, check out my 31 Days of Positive Thinking Journal. This 31 day positivity journal helps you to get rid of your old way of thinking and shows you how you can think positively every day!