Thursday, July 14, 2011 Post By: Grayne Wetzky

1 awesome way to live your life with more purpose

I write a lot on this blog about principles of happiness and courage. Most of the time I speak about general ideas and don't go into specific action steps that people can follow. I choses to focus more on principle than practice because the actual steps people take vary so widely from person to person.

For example; I find a great peace and fulfillment when I can connect with nature. I could write page after page about how awesome I think it is to go hiking or just lie down in the grass. I am sure there are plenty of people who don't really like spending their time outside. They might find the same peace of mind by listening to music, going to a party or get involved with a sport.

The main purpose of this blog is to show how a conscious and courageous mind will help anyone achieve what they are looking for, no matter what their preferred activities and actions might be.

Today I am making an exception to this concept as I recommend one specific activity that I think anyone will be able to benefit from no matter what their goals and aspirations are: Take time every day to express your gratitude.

Most of us soverpends our days in a constant state of mental overdrive. Modern living puts so many demands on us and distractions in our way that our thought process is very much like a beehive: Constantly busy and buzzing with activity, but all over the place. We are losing touch with the simple art of focusing your mind on one thing at a time.

We end up in this frame of mind because we are under constant pressure to do more, have more and be more than our neighbors. In this process we are always striving for the next goal. Even before we have acquired what our mind has been thinking we want, we have moved on to the next objective. The pace is so insane that we barely have time to notice when we accumulate our next possession.

When you stop to think about this way of life, it quickly becomes clear that it makes very little sense. All of us lose track of the most precious things in life in the constant noise people call 'the grind'. What is the point of doing things and getting stuff if we can't even enjoy it when we have it because we're already on to the next thing in our minds?

I find that a powerful way to slow down and disconnect from this frame of mind is to take time every day to be grateful. Schedule time with yourself every single day for a quiet moment where you recall the things in your life you are grateful for. This exercise is great on many levels.

First of all, just the idea of scheduling time for yourself to spend time in quiet contemplation is a radical break from the breakneck pace of modern life. Granting yourself this time of peace every day will in itself be a great stress reliever.

Second, consciously thinking about everything that is great in your life is the perfect way to get away from always living in the future. It will bring you right back into what you are grateful for right now, this very moment in time.

Third, when you get into the habit of looking for things in your life to be grateful for, you will most likely be surprised at the abundance of goodness you already have in your life. Almost all of us have countless blessings in our lives that we take for granted and overlook every day.

Finally, if you take the time to not just think about the things you are grateful for in your life, but also truly feel that gratitude, you will be tapping into a powerful source of great happiness. To acknowledge your blessings and feel true and deep gratitude is a very fulfilling and happy state of mind.

So make an appointment with yourself right now. First thing in the morning and last thing before bed every day is your gratitude time. Find a quiet place and tell your self that you have earned those 5 or 10 minutes and lose yourself in gratitude.

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