Attitude of Gratitude - The Gratitude Exercise
by Catherine Pratt
If you read The Inner-Power Emails,
one of the exercises Charles Burke recommends is the Gratitude
Exercise. It's easy to do. For 10 days you write down 10 things that
you are grateful and happy for in your life.
Each item needs to be described in about 50 – 100 words. That's it. It sounds easy enough until you try it.
As Charles Burke says,
"Success is a skill. Happiness is a skill. Gratitude is a skill. Like
all skills, they must be practiced clumsily before they can be done
naturally. So, if you'll devote ten honest days to the practice of
feeling true gratitude and happiness, I can promise you a dazzling new
skill. A skill that just naturally attracts success like a magnet draws
iron. Because nothing attracts good fortune and success like a joyous,
For many who take the challenge, this truly is an eye opening
experience. You may suddenly realize how many negative thoughts you
have during the day or you may discover how many wonderful things are
happening to you but you never really gave them a second thought before.
This exercise will cause your mind to shift from the negative to
the positive. Each day, you will begin to notice the good things
because your mind knows that it will need to come up with 10 things to
write down later.
It’s a very effective way of training your brain to notice the
good in your day rather than focusing on the negative. You will have
learnt a skill that will enable you to become far more successful and
happy in your life.
If you find when you're doing the exercise that you're struggling
to think of anything to write down, try using the Gratitude Prayer.
The following is re-printed with permission from the Universe of Power
forum (note: Universe of Power is no longer in operation) :
The Gratitude Prayer is a very quick and powerful way to help you feel
better in a matter of moments. It may seem silly at first, but trust me —
Whenever you’re feeling a bit down, just think about all the
things you’re even slightly happy about in your life, even if it’s just
that your dog didn’t happen to bite you on the way out the door today.
I’m being serious here!
Sometimes it’s really difficult to feel happy about
anything—believe me, I know. I used to feel that way far more often than
I’d like to admit. Anyway, the Gratitude Prayer is simply saying to
yourself that you are so happy about every little thing, like this:
• “I am so happy that my dog didn’t bite me today!”
• “I am so happy that my car started this morning!”
• “I am so happy that I have one good friend!”
• “I am so happy my roof isn’t leaking!”
• “I am so happy I have a job that pays the bills!”
And so on…keep repeating this statement for every little thing
you can think of. After just a few minutes, you will actually feel your
energy rising and you will feel better. You may even find yourself
smiling! This is a five-minute fix to the doldrums. It works every time.
No matter how silly it may seem, just try it and see for yourself
(alone, if you must).
By doing this exercise, you actually are raising your energy
vibrations on a physiological level! Gratitude is one of the two most
powerful emotions in the entire Universe. Love is the other one
Gratitude is one of the keys to having a successful and fulfilling
life. Try the exercise and see what changes it can manifest for you.
It doesn’t take very long yet the effects will be life altering. Even
after a very short space of time, you’ll find that you quickly forget
that you burnt your finger or missed the bus but instead remember the
good things that happened in your day. You have now trained yourself to
see the positive instead of the negative. You may find that
opportunities you never knew existed will begin to appear and you will
be ready to take advantage of them.
Life is really all in how we view it and how we think about it.
Wouldn’t you just rather have the happy and positive life? It’s in your
power. Try the Gratitude Exercise and see what a difference it can
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into
enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,
confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a
home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie
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