How Gratitude Can Lead to an Extraordinary Life



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Today… is not, just another day! Today is a new day… This day, filled with new opportunities, ideas, and growth. Treat every day as a fresh start and you will find hidden treasures in your day to be grateful for.

What are the benefits of gratitude?

Practicing gratitude every single day is a practice that can potentially turn your life around.

In this article, you will find helpful and easy gratitude practices and exercises I use in my day.

Adopting a few new daily habits can help us find gratitude and appreciation for little things, in everyday life.

 Being Grateful for What You Have – Every Day

The good news is, you don’t have to wait a long time to see the positive effects when you just starting out practicing gratitude in your life.

You can start today, even right now, incorporate some of the practices in your day!

The key – is to be grateful every day for what you already have.

Gratitude practice is not a “one-time trick” to get you out of your misery…

To live life in greatness is a lifetime commitment!

Choose Greatness…

That’s right, being grateful is a choice! It’s a choice you can be making every single day. The moment you wake up, you are making a choice.

You can choose to bring your past-day memories into this day, or you can choose to make this day an extraordinary day!

Greatness can be acquired, just like any other habit you obtained. After all, if you learned how to be unappreciative, negligent, and careless …, you can learn greatness and appreciation as well.

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Practice  Gratitude Exercises

Create your own version of these gratitude exercises. Explore and be amazed, at how your life transforms almost like magic, one moment at the time.

Exercise #1
Morning exercise

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Who sets your mood? You…

You choose to bring or not to bring, yesterday’s problems and worries into the day.  Make an effort and pay close attention to how you start your day.

Before you even get up, find something, no matter how small or big it may be, and be grateful for it. Feel the feelings of joy for as long as you can and make it a daily practice.

Exercise #2 
Be Intentional – Look for Extraordinary in Everything 

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Develop a daily practice – intentionally look for things to be grateful for.

Do your best to see extraordinary in everything.

Take pictures with your phone of things, that make you smile or maybe even laugh.  The more you practice finding extraordinary in others, the more extraordinary your life becomes.

Throughout the day admire and enjoy, or maybe even share your pictures with a friend. And don’t over think this, this doesn’t have to be a piece of art, it’s whatever makes your heart smile.

After a while, you will be astonished by how many weird, funny, loving, crazy, moments going on around you. To catch these moments,  pay close attention to your surroundings…to be present.

Exercise #3.
Gratitude journal – write and get inspired

Some might find it silly to start making lists of gratitude. But they are a powerful tool that will help you get started. If you are not sure what to be grateful for, here are some examples…. Get Inspired!

Be Grateful for the small and free pleasures of life:

  • Morning cup of coffee
  • A Sunrise
  • A relaxing walk in the woods
  • The sun warming your face
  • Your ability to read this

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 Stop worrying about others opinion

While you adopting your new gratitude habits, don’t get discouraged by disappointing comments of others.

To see a positive change in your life worrying about what others think about you, must go out of the window! Otherwise, their opinions will always be preventing you, from becoming the best possible version of you.

Adopting a new habit of gratitude, not as hard as it may seem, it’s easily achievable with some practice and patients.

If you are not grateful for what you already have in your life now… What makes you think, you will be grateful when “you have it all”?

Gratitude – is how to be truly happy…

What are you grateful for today?

Leave it in the comments below…

Have an Extraordinary Day!


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