Today is Wednesday 5th April 2017; the launch date of our not-for-profit organisation thinkmiracle.org. A lot of hard work and vision has gone into the birth of the charity, and at the very heart of thinkmiracle’s ethos is the concept of thankfulness.
We recommend you close your eyes, in the morning whilst you're still in bed, and focus on all the people, situations, and lessons for which you are grateful. Just spending two minutes every morning saying thank you in your head will begin to change your perspective, and subsequently, the outcome of your day.
Below are seven reasons you should consider including the practice of thankfulness into your daily routine.
Saying thank you for the situations you have found yourself in makes you focus in on what matters to you. It will help you to understand which parts of your life you are satisfied with, and which parts you aren’t. Saying thank you helps you to realise if you are on the right road, and if not, it can help you to make the necessary changes to get you back on track.
2. It makes you smile
It’s not uncommon to find that during your two-minute thankfulness practice, a smile has spread across your face. You may be thinking about somebody you love, or maybe your home. Smiling releases endorphins, and it’s those splendid endorphins that make us feel good.
3. It’s humbling
Saying thank you makes you realise how much we have to be grateful for. Even if we feel we are in the gutter, we may still find majesty in a leaf floating in the wind, or a wild and orange sunset before a storm.
We can let go of hate. You don't have to limit your thankfulness practice to the happy things and the right people in your life; you may also offer thanks to situations and people who have tested you. If we treat all experiences as equal, we can learn to be just as grateful for the hard times, as we are for the good times. All are lessons, helping us to learn a little more about ourselves and our place in the world.
5. It emanates love
Thankfulness helps us to realise how we feel about the people in our lives. During your thankfulness practice, you may feel a strong vibration when you think about certain people. Why not give them a call, or a visit afterwards, and let them know how important they are to you. Imagine how it would make you feel if they called you with the same message. Spreading love and kindness is a joyful, and life affirming thing to do.
Concentrating on thankfulness, just like meditation, dispels your mind of the other clutter and helps you to hone in on the things that matter in your life. Decluttering your mind is a deeply relaxing process, and will leave you feeling clearer and more capable.
When we focus on the good things, we begin to see more of it in our lives. It’s quite simple; how positive we are in our minds has a direct correlation with our reality. Concentrating on love and gratitude helps you to bring more of that good stuff into your life, and will help you perceive and deal with challenging situations more smoothly.
Good luck with your thankfulness practice, and we thank you for joining thinkmiracle on your journey.