Feeling Joy and Inner Peace with the Gratitude Formula
How a person is choosing to show up for themselves in their life could be directly related to their mental health which could also affect how they perceive things in their life.
Mental health can most often be a perception of their happiness.
This is attributed to the thoughts and emotions being constructed from the reactions and interpretations of what is occurring.
Gratitude is not the only thing that alleviates mental health functioning, but it is an important piece of the formula to experience joy and inner peace.
Gratitude is one attribute that promotes positivity with thankfulness. It places perspective on emotions that focus on accepting events, situations, people and things as blessings as opposed to dwelling on the negative thoughts or experiences.
Any type of new process takes time to implement or adjust to. That is the same with living with daily gratitude. Making it part of a daily routine requires patience before seeing or feeling it’s immediate results.
Studies have shown that it has a psychological effect, almost like re-wiring the brain.
It is re-wiring the brain to see the goodness in life by placing focus on it. People begin to notice that the source of the “goodness” in their life is not just external.
Through gratitude there is a connection to something greater than ourselves.
To think that gratitude can help to feel positive emotions, savor experiences, improve mental health, develop adversity, connect in relationships, it is hard to imagine why someone would not commit to a daily practice of gratitude.
However, with any habit, lies resistance or reluctance to follow through for change to occur.
A simple process helps with making it a consistent habit
Writing or saying one thing you are grateful for each day for 30 days is one way to start living into it.
There are many ways to express gratitude
- Thankful for past memories or blessings during any time period of your life
- Thankful for the present experiences, moments, situations in your life
- Thankful for the future of hope, optimistic outlooks of what could be
Through my life journey I have realized the Gratitude Formula that works for me.
My Gratitude Formula
Acceptance + Acknowledge + Giving & Receiving + Curiosity + Wonder = Love, Connection, Joy
Acceptance means appreciating the situations for what they are in the moment. What they are showing, teaching about life, others and myself.
Acknowledge means expressing the blessings wholeheartedly. The simple things that give joy for living each day.
Giving & Receiving means being open to allow the exchange of abundant appreciation.
Curiosity means continuously committed to being a student in life with expansion to learn, grow and transform in thoughtful connection.
Wonder means having captivation be visible in everything around you. The awe of how things came to be.
Knowing the benefits of gratitude is just the beginning.
If you started your day, everyday with focus on what you have instead of what you don’t or what you feel you are lacking, how might that change your approach in life?
What would you be letting go of?
What would surrendering to inner peace give you or others?
What would you be creating?
Gratitude is a powerful way of “being” which is a key ingredient to live with contentment, inner peace, and glowing elation.