Welcome to the Topic “The Practice of Gratitude and Envisioning The New Year”
New year’s resolutions are easier to come by than at any other time of year, which is why it’s such a big deal when the calendar turns.
New Year’s Day is a time when many people feel compelled to begin the new year with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future. New beginnings, big dreams, lofty goals, and resolutions are all legitimate reasons for the season, and it’s easy to get caught up in the feeling that we’ve been here before.
What does it mean to be grateful?
Gratitude is a state of mind. For us, it’s gratitude’s ENERGY, not its act, that holds the key to its effectiveness. Notice the ‘experience’ or ‘energy’ that is evoked when you thank someone and feel genuine gratitude in your heart.
You, the people you interact with, and the physical space you dominate can be transformed by this energetic elevation or frequency.
Healing, manifesting, loving and attracting are just some of the things it can do. Re-energizing the body and mind can have a profound effect on your outlook on life and how you approach your relationships.
Grateful living practices can be incorporated into our New Year’s resolutions in a variety of ways.
Allow Your Longings To Be Guided By Gratitude.
Put pen to paper and make a list of your “usual” resolutions for the New Year (more of this, less of that).
Now, imagine a source of “great-fullness” for each of them, and see if that helps. Gratitude for what already exists can serve as an impetus for making desired changes, so consider how it might affect each of your longings.
In the spirit of gratitude, revisit the list and see if it works differently or more attainable to pursue your desires with this newfound attitude.
A Greater Sense Of Thankfulness.
Begin the new year by writing down the things you want to be and feel grateful for. These are some of the possibilities:
- The things you’d like to stop taking for granted in your life.
- Blessings you’d like to remember throughout the day.
- Opportunities to use your advantages for the greater good.
- Even in the midst of adversity, opportunities for growth arise.
- Gifts of the body and life itself, on a daily basis, etc.
Show Your Gratitude By Exchanging Cards and Gifts.
Make a list of the people you want to express your gratitude to this year, and get motivated by the idea of sending an e-Card or a letter to each of them. There are an infinite number of people you could thank. Include others in your plans:
- Who have you lost contact with?
- Who has looked after you or a loved one in need?
- Who serves as mentors or role models?
- Which people in your life have had a significant impact?
Take Action: Gratitude in Action.
Make a list of the things and people in your life that mean the most to you and write down what you intend to do this year to ensure their long-term viability:
- In order to show your gratitude, cook for a person who will appreciate it.
- Volunteer for a cause you believe in.
- Pay it forward by contributing to a worthy cause.
- Shop at establishments whose principles you respect.
- In your community, write a letter to the editor about an issue you care about.
- Treat yourself to a kind act of self-love every day.
Keeping A Gratitude Journal.
Realize how many blessings you have when you learn to appreciate the people and things around you. What’s more, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a positive change. Start by keeping a gratitude journal.
Keeping a gratitude journal has shown to make people happier, more optimistic, and more likely to achieve their objectives. Make a gratitude journal and write down the things you’re thankful for and the people in your life who mean the world to you. Your actions toward others will be a reflection of your internal well-being.
Gratitude helps you see things in a more positive light. It’s possible to look at life through rose-tinted glasses, but if you’re looking for the good, you’ll find it if you look hard enough. In addition, keep in mind that gratitude is a decision.
Instead of dwelling on what you lack, ask yourself, “Do I want to focus on what I don’t have every day, or do I want to appreciate what I have?” Your life will never be complete if you focus on what’s missing.
A happy and fulfilled life can be yours if you choose to appreciate even the tiniest of things.
Envisioning yourself in the new year
Changing our thoughts has the power to alter our experience of the world. There are an average of 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day, and 90% of those thoughts are the same thoughts that we had the day before.
Following is how our thought process works and aids us in envisioning the future:
- It’s the same thinking that leads to the same decisions
- People make the same decisions, and their actions reflect that.
- When we repeat the same actions, we’ll get the same results.
- The same events elicit the same set of feelings in us all.
- Similarly, the same feelings and thoughts drive the same actions.
In order to become the new person we want to be, we need to replace our automatic thoughts with ones that are purposeful and intentional about what we want in our lives. Make a vision for yourself and visualize it until it becomes a reality. Imagine yourself living the life you desire.
Visualize the person you want to be in your head. Try to imagine yourself in this person’s shoes and see how it feels.
Add the stepping stones to your plan now that you have a vision.
Assume you’ve already achieved the goal you set for yourself. Put together a list of the actions or goals that will help you achieve this vision—then take a moment to feel how inspiring or exciting it is to you.
Listed here are some of your original resolutions, which will be a familiar place for you to return to during the next step of the process. Make a plan to lose a total of 5 pounds in the next 5 weeks by exercising for 20 minutes every other day and eating a diet of low-calorie, high-taste foods.
Since each goal serves as a step toward your vision, it keeps you inspired by reassuring you why you chose to reach that goal.
There are a few studies that point to the possibility that grateful people have better health, and others that point to the possibility that there are practices that can be designed to increase gratitude that can also improve people’s health and encourage them to adopt healthier habits.
So consider incorporating gratitude practice into your daily routine as you plan for the new year. In the end, you may discover that your life is fuller and more rewarding than you ever imagined.
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