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8 Surprising Benefits Of Showing More Gratitude.

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We all know, or have at least heard of, the Law of Attraction and The Attitude of Gratitude but how many of us still haven’t quite got the hang of it? We certainly know that it truly is the only way to live to bring good things to your life and who doesn’t want good things? But it’s more than just *things* in the material world.

In this day and age of “work hard, pay down credit card debt, deal with high mortgage rates, fear of layoffs etc., it’s certainly hard to stay grateful but this is exactly the time when we must practice the attitude of gratitude. Here are some of the surprising benefits of maintaining this attitude.

Less stressed.

Yes, you read that right. The more grateful you are, the happier you are which in turn, results in less stress. When you take even one minute to be grateful for the credit card company, and the things you were able to use it for, you will realize how very blessed you are. As soon as that happens, you are literally able to relax more.

You become happier.

Really, you do. Yes, you might have debt, and you might have just got laid off or maybe you are currently in a low paying job but you just know the more gratitude you feel, the sooner the universe will conspire to bring you more things to be grateful for, better things. Knowing this brings you great joy.

More energy.

Hard to imagine being happy and less stressed without an abundance of energy. When we are stressed, we feel down and don’t really feel like going anywhere or doing anything. On the other hand, when we feel happier and less stressed, we naturally feel more energetic.

Contagious attitude.

People love being with people who are happy and actually can feed off this happiness and energy. They want to know how, why and what’s your secret to this happiness. When you tell them, and they realize how easy it is to be happy, they will quickly adopt this practice too. Gratitude can definitely be contagious and the more you share it with others, the more it will get shared.

You’ll be healthier.

How so? Well, you won’t be so stressed, which eliminates a lot of the issues that come with that: heart and stroke risk, high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, etc. and because you’ll be happier, you won’t need the doctor as much. It’s proven that happier people have less health issues. You’ll sleep better, you’ll be more productive throughout the day, you probably even exercise regularly because you are grateful for your health and want to maintain it.

Better job performance.

You may not love your job and it may not be the best job in the world, but you are certainly very grateful for it and because you are happy to be employed, you are a good worker and do your absolute best. The best part of that? The boss notices that too. you aren’t hanging around the printer complaining to your co-workers about your horrible job. You are skipping along quite joyfully, happy to have a job.

Jealousy doesn’t happen very often if even at all.

You aren’t jealous of your neighbour for having a bigger house or your friend for getting a new car. You are just as happy for them as they are. Gratitude means being grateful for everything you have regardless of how big or small it is and you don’t feel the need to ever compare what you have with anyone else. You are perfectly content with your things.

Helps improve self confidence/worth/esteem.

Because we are in a constant state of gratitude, we happen to happier, more people are drawn to us, we are less stressed and we undeniably just feel better about ourselves and life. Things in our life are good, all things. Our work, our relationships, our health, our spirituality and our emotions. How can we not feel good about ourselves?

Clearly, being grateful doesn’t just bring stuff, it brings great joy and a great life. Are you practicing gratitude in your life? It’s really simple. Start by saying thank you, for everything, all the time, daily. With a little practice, it will become second nature.

 

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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