10 Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude, Defined: It's about being thankful; showing appreciation; and returning kindness.

In the world today, it’s easy to notice all the injustice around us, to concentrate on all the things we don't have, and grow in fear of what our future holds. 

But there's an antidote - and it's not that hard:

Spending a moment each day to think about what we do have, and what we have to be grateful for, helps deliver us from negative states of mind that arise when we focus on lack.

In realizing and recognizing the bounty, abundance and joy that we already have in our lives, we become more aware of what we can do to help those who have less, and live in appreciation for the lives we have been blessed to experience.  

When we activate states of gratitude on a daily basis, we can each individually impact our own lives - and the lives of those around us - in a huge, beneficial way.

The sandy beach of Gratitude Migration will be a space to cultivate gratitude for our community, for our lives, and our ability to celebrate and create together.

We've come up with a couple ways you can cultivate a feeling of gratitude in your everyday life, and bring it to the beach!

1. Think grateful thoughts

Your thoughts manifest your reality. When abundance comes your way, rather than criticizing, griping or wishing you had more, think gratefully for what you have and more will always come.

2. Acting grateful is being grateful

When something comes your way that isn't exactly ideal, focus on the other who is giving to you; and act grateful even when you can't be. Like your Great Aunt's hand-knitted sweater, saying thank you with a smile will achieve far more; and open you up to recieve more gifts in future.

3. Take a gratitude walk

We are surrounded with abundance, which becomes hard to see when staring at the same four walls all the time. Go outside, marvel at the trees, the clouds, the people around you smiling - and be grateful for this world and the chance you have to be in it.

4. Stop comparing

Everyone has their own bucket of troubles along with their pile of blessings, and chances are you wouldn't want to pick somebody else's even if their bounty came along with it. Be happy with your lot, and you'll be surprised how much it amplifies and grows in return.

5. Live in the moment

Feeling depressed results from concern over past events; and anxiety is a fear of the future. The only way to cultivate a state of pure joy and appreciation is by being present in every moment and appreciating it for what it is: Knowing that everything is out of our control other than our reaction to the situation. Stay present; ignore your phone; forget about the selfies, and admire the view as life rolls along with you as the star performer.

6. Think about what you give

 Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill. Or to put it in modern terms, "You only get what you give". Volunteering, contributing to charity, or donating your time or work in-kind helps you appreciate all the abundance that you do have - and giving to others provides soul-satisfaction like no other.

7. Feel a sense of abundance in your life

What you see is what you get, and the more you see it, the more you get it. Look at the little things and sense that they are coming from a place of abundance. Lose the scarcity mindset and be grateful for all the small ways abundance shows itself to you: From the faucet you turn on each morning with fresh, clean water; to the boss who gives you a hard time (because it means you have a job!)

8. Appreciate the contributions of others 

Give thanks and appreciation to others, and they will do the same for you. From a smile and a thank-you to your barista or bus driver; to an added tip or note of thanks to others who perform services for you; you'll be grateful for all those who give you access to the joyous world you live in.

9. Recognize and enjoy life's small pleasures

Breathe. Sip your tea slowly. Watch the sun rise and set. Luxuriate in the feeling of your sheets when you go to sleep; the grass under your feet; the sand between your toes; the breath in your body and realize how much you have to be grateful for every second of every day.

10. Acknowledge the importance of experiencing and expressing gratitude

Gratitude is the greatest medicine: Once you're on it, it becomes an addiction. Start seeing it, start saying it, and feel it all around.

See you on the beach!