#1 ~ Take Stock of your blessing: Make a list of what you are grateful for today. Keep it with you and add to it through out the day. Consider blessings in your family, your friends, business, people who help you in your day-to-day life.
#2 ~ Practicing Acts of Kindness: How can you add value to the life of those you know as well as a person you don’t know. A smile, a gesture, a kind word offered to a stranger ~ thank a clerk for a job well done, acknowledge a receptionist with genuine appreciation, say good-morning to someone you pass on the street.
#3 ~ Practicing Positivity in all your words, thought and actions: Try offering one kind word or action to turn a negative into a positive. Instead of criticizing a situation, consider how a positive word or action would improve your day as well as the other person involved.
#4 ~ Awaking Forgiveness: Allow forgiveness to unfold from you. Forgiveness does not mean you believe the other person was right, only human. When you are willing to offer forgiveness, you open a door to the possibility of lowering resistance to the pain and suffering that blame causes, not only to those around you, but to you as well.
“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”(Buddha)
#5 ~ Celebrate Blessing: Savour life’s joys and allow them to grow through simple appreciation. Imagine receiving a Thank You for a simple smile. Imagine having the opportunity to thank the one person who encouraged you during your darkest day. Imagine celebrating those around you, even if only for today.
*These 5 Steps to Cultivating Gratitude were inspired by a guided meditation by Davidji.