TO START FROM
Here we have examples of what to be grateful for. What can you add for your own listing?
IF YOU DON'T DO this gathering and written exercise, you can't achieve the level of results that is necessary for higher happiness. Without full understanding and perspective on this, you will have unreasonable thoughts get in the way of happiness. Reviewing what you gather is part of the emotional renewal process that fills your emotional tank - at first, just for the moment, then later it becomes an automatic, self-reinforcing process, and actually, over time, becomes automatic "top of the mind" thinking (versus the normal crappola people let into their minds.
You will find it useful to insert these lists into your Reminders Notebook for immediate use and for reference as you develop your own. See the lists at the bottom of this piece!
The end point of this exercise and the learning program:
I fully understand and have complete perspective on what I have for sure in life and see that I do not need more to be happy. (Of course, I will accept more, but from the viewpoint that "more" is simply a bonus.)
Signed: __________________________ This __ day of _________, 2013.
ORGANIZATION OF THE GRATEFULNESS LIST
This is a possible listing organization for your gratitude writing. (If you have any ideas to add, email me.)
For The ‘Universe”
The Physical World, Nature,
For The Opportunity
For What I Do And Can Do For Myself
My Abilities To Experience Life And All That Is In It
My Childhood, My Parents, My Family
Advances By Man
Physical Body, Energy
My Comforts, Conveniences
My Successes, My Achievements, My Creations
EXAMPLES OF WHAT TO BE GRATEFUL FOR
Examples To Pick From, Of Things To Be Grateful For:
Pick from these and/or print a copy and include it in your Reminders Notebook (or your gratitude notebook) to review. It is effective for you to pick about 20 key things, especially about life, that you are grateful for, as you can read them aloud as part of your centering for the day, reading from the Reminders Notebook.
The other lists:
Affirmations of Gratitude - Examples to pick from. Make your own list to review via a schedule to do so (initially daily, then weekly, then continue weekly or do monthly).
Notebook, so that I can be recentered into how fortunate I am and to be
returned to a state of gratitude and awe.
A Justified Viewpoint:
occurred at all...A brief, but meaningful statement to be included in your
perspective) - This "viewpoint" and "seeing" will definitely add to your life.
Even Einstein acknowledged the power of this. - Judy Andersen
Related just to you and what you can be grateful for in your life and in you:
recognition that is needed to gain the clarity necessary for happiness.
pick from. Reviewing these periodically helps balance the overall picture and
to strengthen your certainty and confidence in life.
your reminders notebook, to remind yourself of what you have achieved and
been successful at - list everything even if you think it is small.
things in life! Keep going, you'll be surprised at what you dredge up.)
If I've had a tough life:
were abused, injured, down and out, etc., but who all chose to create a great
life. Ponder these!
Just on gratitude
Suffering - A simple, but profound lesson that I shall hold forever in my way
HOW WELL OFF AM I? - PERSPECTIVE (TO CORRECT THE MISPERSPECTIVES!)
What is actually enough? Do you have "enough"? If not, what path will you
The idea of what I have as compared to the idea of "loss:
perspective and helps get rid of the fear of loss.)
AFFIRMATIONS - REAFFIRMING WHAT IS THERE AND IS TRUE, SO ONE IS CLEARER
Examples to pick from. Make your own list and then insert it in your
examples to pick from. Make your own list to review via a schedule to
do so (initially daily, then weekly, then continue weekly or do monthly).
Reminders Notebook, so that I can be recentered into how fortunate
I am and to be returned to a state of gratitude and awe.
SOURCES OF THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR
See the books recommended on the main gratitude page.
Keep writing more and more things in your gratitude journal and maybe even make a list in your computer.
A book to have around the house:
14,000 Things To Be Happy About, Barbara Ann Kipfer
Peruse one or a few of these on the days when you want to add to your own list and/or just want to feel better.