Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Gratitude is Contagious

When you show gratitude, what happens?

Do you notice a shift with the people around you?

Do you see how gratitude increases?

Do things become more beautiful and clear, and do those around you seem happier, more stable, more open, and more loving?

I experienced an awesome shift this week. It started with a simple, conscious choice to share my gratitude with someone I love.

Want to try it?

Make a list of things you're grateful for, as they relate to someone you love. For example, I love days when we can get coffee together while you're in the middle of your work day, and I'm grateful for that extra hug you always give me, or, I'm grateful you're not afraid to call me out on my bullsh*t, and that you still say, I love you and I believe in you.

Write about the ways this person shows you that he cares, and why you're grateful to share life's little moments together.

Feel free to include little details and memories that only you two know about, or ones that you guys find funny. Or the things that haven't been easy lately, but that you've managed to get through.

Then, share your list. Let this person know why you're so grateful for him, or her.

Allow this experience to shift your entire day (maybe even leave the note as a surprise in the morning!), and carry this mindset of gratitude into the rest of your week.

How do you express gratitude? And what happens when you do?

PS More ideas on expressing gratitude:
Make a gratitude list.
Simple ways to cultivate gratitude.
Questions to consider in your gratitude journal.

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