Here is Part II of a Gratitude article written by Shannen Lee. Part I was published yesterday.
The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality) has a line in it that says “Even in the knocks of life, there are great gifts.” No matter how bad things are, there are always good things hidden underneath. In my own experience, I found that expressing gratitude shifts my thoughts from what I don’t have to what I already have that makes my life so enjoyable and whole. Fresh air and abundant sunshine are always there waiting for me every single day. These thoughts shift me into a more resourceful state of going about the daily affairs.
How do we practice gratitude? There are many ways to do it. One way is to keep a gratitude journal or a gratitude list. Another way may be to reflect on 5 good things that we feel grateful for that day before we go to bed at night. Instead of brooding on ways to solve our work problems before we drift off to sleep, we replace that with recounting all the good things that happened to us that day. Some therapists say that going into sleep with positive thoughts will also ensure a higher quality of sleep.
Yet another way to practice gratitude is to stop every now and then during the day and ask yourself what you are grateful for at that moment. Here I am typing on the computer as I write this article, and I am grateful for my computer working well, a superb internet connection that connects me to a world of information and the warm cup of tea right next to me. Taking little 30-second gratitude minute breaks like this not only allows lets me practice gratitude, it also recharges and uplifts me as I go through the day. That means a higher quality of work and more money in the bank.
Shannen Lee has been a freelance writer for the last 3 years. Come and visit her latest website that discusses decadent and luxurious chocolate diamond jewelry, a rising fashion trend. Here you can read about chocolate diamond rings and how more and more people are selecting chocolate diamond engagement rings to symbolize their special union.
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