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The Transformative Magic of Starting with Gratitude

Updated: Jul 10

In today's fast-paced world, where our schedules are often filled to the brim and our minds constantly racing with to-do lists, taking a moment to pause and express gratitude can seem like a small gesture. However, the impact of incorporating gratitude into our daily lives cannot be overstated. Whether it is taking in the beautiful surroundings or recognizing our support network of friends and family.

4 Benefits of Gratitude: 

1. It gives you perspective

Life is busy and oftentimes very stressful - there is only so much we can handle before we break. But sometimes what helps most is realizing all the good things we have or things that are going well. It shines light on singular moments or experiences or parts of our daily lives that we often look over when we are stressed or dealing with anxiety. This is also called the “Pixel Theory” which explains that each of our lives purpose is not the whole picture, but rather the individual days — the pixels — that make up the picture of who we are and what experience. 

2. It gives you direction

Often we look at the big picture - the wants for our lives. We dream of a bigger home, more money, better jobs. However, until we sit down and write out what we have at this moment in time we lose sight of what we currently have and how much progress we have made in life. We often get caught up with wanting more and then get stuck, unsure of how to achieve that. By practicing gratitude, you might realize you value different things than you realized. It can help you understand how much you have and allow you to start thinking about what next steps you would like to take.  

3. It increases happiness and positive mood

 The benefits of Gratitude extend far beyond just our mental and emotional well-being. Research has shown that gratitude can also have a profound impact on our physical health. Studies have found that practicing gratitude can lower levels of stress hormones, improve immune function, and even reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

By acknowledging what we have in our lives, we can take a moment and not focus on the negatives. Often this shift creates a mental release of serotonin, which allows us to breathe deeper and feel more positive at the moment. 

4. Transforms relationships

Gratitude has the power to transform our relationships. When we express gratitude towards others, we strengthen our connections and foster a sense of belonging and community. It's a simple yet powerful way to show appreciation for the people in our lives and deepen our bonds with them.

The abundance in our lives

This practice of acknowledging and appreciating the abundance in our lives sets the tone for the day ahead. It shifts our focus from what we lack to what we have, fostering a sense of contentment and fulfillment. As we cultivate gratitude, we become more attuned to the present moment, allowing us to fully experience the richness of life. ‘I am’ and ‘I have’ statements can be extremely powerful for helping trigger personal gratitudes we often look over. Allowing yourself to pause and reflect with the meditative power of these mantras can help guide your thoughts and emotions. Check out Zero Point Activations affirmations to help guide you to realize your gratitude and manifest your desires. 

Zero Point participant finds moment of gratitude
Zero Point participant finds moment of gratitude

Daily Affirmation Videos 

I am  - extended version 

I am - shorter daily version 

I have - extended version 

I have - shorter daily version 

I can - extended version 

I can - shorter daily version 

When we begin our day with gratitude, we are essentially priming our minds for positivity. Instead of immediately jumping into the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, we take a moment to reflect on the blessings in our lives. Whether it's the warmth of the morning sun, the comfort of a cozy bed, or the love of family and friends, there is always something to be thankful for.

The lightbringer and Andrea of Gaia
Our Reiki Team

In essence, starting your day with gratitude is like planting seeds of positivity that bloom throughout the day. It's a practice that nourishes the soul, uplifts the spirit, and infuses every moment with a sense of wonder and awe. So why not take a moment each morning to pause, reflect, and give thanks for the abundance that surrounds you?

You'll be amazed at the transformative power of gratitude in your life.

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