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Gratitude Changes Everything

I have a question for you:

Does it feel good to complain? Or does it feel good when we take time to stop and appreciate something? like the smell of a flower or the colour of the sky?

Yes you may argue that complaining can sometimes feel good but the reason the latter feels better is because it is a form of gratitude and gratitude brings our souls to life!

In this blog, I am going to delve into my understanding of Gratitude, what it is and why I think it is something worth considering incorporating into your life, starting today! There will also be a link below to access my free 30day challenge to experience more gratitude in your life!

You see, when we experience something every day we get used to it and don't notice it anymore, it becomes ordinary, like the beauty of the sky or the love of your family.

The other side of the coin is we actually start to expect things and we don’t appreciate how lucky we are to have the parts of life that we do have, for example, have you ever broken a bone and all of a sudden felt completely lost because you weren’t aware of how much you needed that limb to complete everyday tasks?

The reality is that nothing is promised, therefore nothing should be expected. We don’t know what can change in any given moment and I think all of us can relate to that after the Covid pandemic- overnight our freedom was taken away and we stayed in fear for a very long time. I certainly have felt a huge shift since the lockdown was lifted in Ireland, it’s crazy to think back on how much things have changed, but just like I said, nothing is promised and who knows if we could end up in a similar situation again in the future.

From my own experience, I feel like we actually don't see the things to appreciate around us when we get lost in our own thoughts- of our past failures/ mistakes, our future goals, our regrets, worries and fears.

We aren't present or in the moment.

We are lost.

Being present and grateful is the greatest gift I have ever been given and that's why I want to share this concept with you so that you too can unlock the treasures of life from right in front of you. Something which has always been there and it will continue to be as long as you have the key to access it.

So what is the key?- I believe the key to unlocking the beauty of our lives is Gratitude.

So what is Gratitude?

According to the dictionary, Gratitude is: ‘the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.’

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"Gratitude is a warm feeling of thankfulness towards the world, or towards specific individuals. The person who feels gratitude is thankful for what they have, and does not constantly seek more."

In my opinion, Gratitude is about being present and feeling appreciation for what we do have, being thankful for everything in our lives right now and expressing our gratitude through our thoughts, words or actions. It is a state of being, which when practised well can completely change our whole life experience as we know it.

You see our minds are extremely powerful and we can train them to work for us when we know how. Through practising gratitude daily, we can train our brains to focus on what is working- the glass half full one might say! When we teach our brain what we want to focus on it searches for more of the same - practising gratitude proves to us that we do have so much to be grateful for, all we need is to shift our perspective to realise that.

It's about shifting our mindset to see what is working or what is good and then from that point we will start to change. When we are constantly seeking out positive things, our endorphins will fire and we will feel good. Alternatively, when things go wrong, we will approach life with a different attitude, so it’s good all around.

It's not about ignoring the bad. It's more so about seeing the good and even when things do go bad or we are met with challenges, being grateful is a strength we can fall back on to lift us up and bring us through the tougher times.

Even when things go wrong, there is always something we can focus on to appreciate.

So where do we begin?

At the beginning it may seem difficult. I remember sharing the idea with some colleagues a few years ago, to which they responded:

"But Lorraine, how can you think of so many things to be grateful for? My life isn't that great, I am missing so many things!"

Sound familiar? I'm not surprised if it does, we all do it! We are living in a society which is teaching us all about instant gratification. We get something and then we want something else.

Now bear in mind the colleagues I mentioned before, were fellow flight attendants for Emirates airline- these ladies were working for the best airline in the World, travelling to at least 6 different countries every month, getting to stay in top 5* hotels around the World and living in the infamous Dubai, but just like any of us humans- they got bored of it or didn't see it for what it was after some time- it became normal and expected.

Now, just to be clear, I’m not trying to berate them or say they were bad or ungrateful people but this is just an example of when something becomes the norm we find it hard to see it anymore. We find it hard to be grateful for