Cardi B recently wrote about how she practices gratitude. The Hip-Hop sensation proudly announced that prayer is her secret weapon, she went on to say that before she asks God for anything she gives thanks. Now that is probably the most profound thing Cardi B has ever said, if you listen carefully to her songs you’ll know what I’m talking about. Moral of the story…if Cardi can practice gratitude, so can you.
The thing about sincere gratitude is that it forces you to focus on what you have instead of all the things you don’t have. You can’t feel lack if you’re grateful, the two can’t coexist. And if I look back at when I started practicing gratitude, that is when my life started to change. I’m happier, I’m content and I’m finally living a life I love. In this blog post, I would like to share with you 3 powerful ways to practice gratitude.
I was one those girls that never prayed. My paternal grandfather was a priest, I literally grew up in the church but prayer was merely something that I did because that is what was expected of me. To be honest with you I only ever prayed when sh*t was about to hit the fan, and I knew that I had completely lost control of a situation. You see, back then I had this crazy idea that I had to be in control of every aspect of my life. Then there was a profound shift early last year, I learnt the meaning of true prayer and I’ve never looked back. Most importantly, before I ask God for anything I thank him for everything. I name each and every single thing that I’m thankful for. In fact, my favourite prayer sessions are my gratitude ones, when I just thank God and don’t ask him for anything.
Make it part of your daily routine
I’ve started writing down 3 things that I’m grateful for almost every day. I’m not as consistent as I should be but I try. This is not just a writing exercise it’s so much more powerful. It pushes you to take time to really think about all the good in your life. I prefer doing this in the mornings before I start my day.
Make gratitude part of family life
Having dinner together as a family is one of our longest standing family traditions. A few years back I introduced a meaningful way to share our daily experiences. Each person is required to share their highs and lows for the day. That’s a great way to have an idea of what’s happening in each person’s life, especially the kids. So a month ago I was inspired by my one of my sisters to intentionally include gratitude in our family routine. Consequently, after doing our highs and lows, we now talk about things that we are grateful for. I think it’s critical to teach our kids the fundamental importance of gratitude from a young age.
Gratitude is such a powerful emotion because it can make your life better in so many ways. We have to be intentional about how we incorporate gratitude into our daily lives. How do you practice gratitude?
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