A gratitude practice in your life is one of the best ways to improve the quality of your life. When you start looking for ways to be grateful throughout your day you stop looking for things to complain about. Shift your perspective and shift your life. According to University of California, Berkeley, “they’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
- Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
- Higher levels of positive emotions;
- More joy, optimism, and happiness;
- Acting with more generosity and compassion;
- Feeling less lonely and isolated.”
Practicing gratitude regularly is as easy as noticing what you are thankful for at the end of the day and writing it down. You can also practice thanksgiving in the form of prayer before a meal or as a meditation practice. When you begin to take the time to notice all of the blessings in your life, your heart will begin to expand and you will look for more ways to serve.
Why not bring the life affirming practice of gratitude into your business? Seem a little farfetched? Here are some ideas:
Receive money with gratitude. Take a moment to be truly grateful when you receive a payment for your services. Sometimes we cringe or feel awkward when a client hand us a check or asks how much to write the check for. That hesitation sends a message that you don’t really want the money – which probably is not true! Take a deep breath and appreciate the money that you have received and say a silent prayer of thanksgiving.
Accept opportunities with gratitude. I have noticed that at times I have waited a long time for an opportunity only to resist it when it shows up. Has this ever happened to you? Acknowledge the fear or discomfort that arises at the thought of jumping on an opportunity and then gratefully accept that which is aligned with your higher purpose.
Pay bills with gratitude. Rather than hating and resisting your bill paying practice, take a moment to make it a sacred act of gratitude. You are paying for a service or product that you value so it is easy to be thankful for those things in your life. It feels good to acknowledge the privilege of electricity, running water, and access to great food. If you lovingly pay your bills with thanksgiving, you will open your blocks to money so that more can flow to you.
Answer emails with gratitude. Make the mundane, or even frustrating, aspects of your business a gratitude practice. Think about how thankful you are to be able to have your own business, serve your clients, and follow your heart.
Approach your clients with gratitude. Be sure to notice and thank your clients for all of the little gifts they give you. Your clients bring joy into your life by valuing what you have to offer. Be sure to value them in return. Look for ways to thank and appreciate them. Honor your clients with spoken, written, or silent gratitude – it will make all the difference when they start to feel your genuine love and acceptance.
Do you have a gratitude practice? If so, what does it look like for you? If not, are you considering starting one? Why or why not?