Do you Practice the Two Types of Gratitude? 
Author - Chris Anderon Jul 3 2020

Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world—and our lives—would change or be thrown into turmoil by a new virus, and society facing new challenges. But see this as a time of opportunity and growth for all of us. Why? Because when we think of and know to be our 'normal' all of a sudden changes, it makes us question other things in our lives. Presents us with an opportunity to redefine ourselves, our life's purpose, maybe reconnecting with our dreams we had as children growing up of wanting to be or doing something that filled us with joy and passion or the many things that you've just been putting off. And with all of the covid19 closings, reopenings, and re-closings, the future remains hazy. And my heart goes out to all those affected.

Most of us will be familiar with asking, "What am I grateful for?" That has been a part of personal development since the beginning. However, this kind of gratitude presents a problem where our nervous system will quickly habituate to a long 'laundry list' of things we are or should be grateful? Then it quickly becomes a 'tick list' response, rather than something that evokes a deep feeling of gratitude. So what can we do to experience gratitude more often and with even more intensity? It's simple.

Activity practice Emotional Gratitude. 

Whenever we're in a flow state of emotional gratitude, it's impossible to be anxious, stressed or fearful.

Flow is the optimal state of human experience in which a person is so engaged in an activity that they have no attention available for anything else. What's more, one of the by-products of flow is an overwhelming feeling of happiness. Sound good? Well, there's a catch. There's no such thing as a free ride. And what I mean by that is, if you want to to be happy, then you have to put some effort into it. And if you commit to putting in the effort when required to, then you will find that changing your emotions, being happy is very easy.

Focus on thinking about all the value other people, inventions and things that exist today that you get to use, experience or own which came into existence without ANY effort from you at all.

Imagine going through lockdown without any Internet, Netflix or Social Media?

Here's a Sample List of Ideas to Start you Off

The clothes that keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

  • • The building you live in, that keeps you dry and away from the elements.  
The bed you sleep in that someone created with the intention of  you having a good nights sleep.
The food you eat. If you knew all the effort and steps that went into creating it, starting from the sun, right the way through to it being on your table, you'd be    amazed how this food was made so convenient for you.
• The transportation you use to go about your life without a thought.
• The medical inventions, knowledge and innovations that keep you well and healthy, save lives and allow us to live longer.
• The computer and smartphone you use. The product of thousands of smaller inventions and hundreds of thousands of hours of hard work.
• The Internet. Pretty darn amazing.
Instant messaging and video calling: This invention has been a lifesaver for many.
Online learning: All the many great courses and programmes for you to learn from the comfort of your sofa. 

Go about your day, practising active gratitude in the morning and during the day where you're practising reflective gratitude and paying attention to begin noticing the countless ways your life has been made better because of the talents and efforts of others and nature.

When you begin to notice some invention, a person, an idea that makes your life better in some way or trying to; feel that sense of gratitude. There's no set time when you have to be all monkish about it. It's whenever you're going about some daily task, having a coffee relaxing or taking a walk.

By giving your attention to focusing it now and then during the day on what you are or could be grateful for will be enough to get a flow state of emotional gratitude flowing.

Appreciate it And Give it Thanks

By practising these two forms of gratitude every day, your life will feel lighter and truly blessed. No matter how much is in your bank account.

You'll be feeling more content.

You'll marvel at the world you get to live in, and maybe even begin to experience a sense of awe.

When focusing on what you could be grateful for what's coming into your life, you begin to harness the powerful, abundant, and generous energy of the Universe and start to attract amazing things into your life. And this is known as the Law of Attraction.

To your success,