The key to happiness is gratitude! It’s now been about 7 months since I embarked on my Happiness Gratitude Project – a spiritual assignment that I’ve given myself, and I love it! I find myself much happier and content, and when life doesn’t go in the direction I had hoped, I find myself swinging back much faster, and finding new inspiration!
My program consists of daily gratitude – around the clock, constantly reminding myself to reflect on whatever I feel grateful for each moment, and consistently going to bed each night feeling grateful, and immersing myself in gratitude before getting out of bed every morning.
So does this practice work if you feel sad and frustrated? You may say to yourself, if I was to feel grateful right now, it would be like lying to myself, because there is nothing in my life that feels good. I’m in pain and everything feels dark and somber. It’s true – we can’t lie to our bodies, our bodies know if we’re trying to fool it with our mind. However, we can direct the focus of our mind, and our mind cannot differentiate between what is “real” and “perceived”.
Our mind is our servant! We may have hundreds of thoughts flying around, fighting for our attention, but we have the power to choose which thought to actively engage in. Our higher self is the observer. When we live from our heart, we are in alignment with our higher selves, and we can simply observe whether or not a thought is in our highest interest. We can also direct our thoughts in a certain direction. There is always something to be grateful for. Even if you’re out of money and food! Have you ever reflected upon the miracle of breathing? It is my favorite thing to feel grateful for. I also love feeling grateful for drinking water – it is one of the most amazing feelings when we do it consciously, with gratitude. Or feeling the wind against my skin. Seeing the colorful trees or the majestic sky. Life is filled with good experiences for the soul.
I was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert a few years back when she shared with Oprah Winfrey that she has a gratitude jar. My daughter and I now each have a gratitude jar which we fill with loving reminders of grateful moments. The jars radiate with positive energy, and it makes me happy just looking at them.
Today I am grateful for my gratitude!
Do you have a gratitude practice?
With Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund, M.A.
Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a writer and dream expert based in Newport Beach, California. An intrepid world traveler, she has lived in five countries and loves exploring different cultures and connecting with people. Her latest book, The Dream Alchemist: A woman’s search for love, bliss and freedom across India, time and dreams, is a memoir based on a spiritual journey to India and the philosophical remnants of stepping into her power and finding the path of self-love. She is also the author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! Anna-Karin loves sharing her passion for dreams and personal growth with audiences near and far, and has made expert appearances on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC, and been interviewed by Orange Coast Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Money Magazine, Daily Worth, Marie Claire UK and other media outlets.