Gratitude will change your Life: 5 Min. Exercise

If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart

Be grateful for what you have and see your blessing multiply. All philosophies in the world talk about being grateful. I would like this blog for the remainder of the year to focus on gratitude and help the readers change their lives by shifting their focus on a daily basis to being grateful. We all will reap the benefits of gratitude in the New Year by welcoming a richer relationship consciousness, prosperity consciousness, career consciousness and a better you.

Two psychologists, Michael McCollough and Robert Emmons did a study on gratitude. The study split several hundred people into three different groups and all of the participants were asked to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day without being told specifically to write about either good or bad things; the second group was told to record their unpleasant experiences; and the last group was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful. The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals. Try this 5-Minute Gratitude Exercise and get started on the gratitude cycle.