I would like to start this article by asking all of you: How many times have you wished for something like an expensive car, to meet your soulmate, to pass an exam and similar?
Your answer is probably one too many, right?
The next question is: How many times have you said Thank you universe for everything you already have and for everything you accomplished so far?
If your answer is Hardly or Not so often, then today this is about to change!
Because gratitude is one of the most powerful things in the world that can transform your life and make it a masterpiece!
You deserve to live a life full of blessings, positive energy, and abundance.
Practicing an attitude of gratitude will help you reach your full potential and enrich every aspect of your life.
New doors will open and the universe will be in your favor.
And the best of all is that thanking the universe is a simple act; it doesn’t require much of your time or effort.
If you don’t believe me, here are the seven ways in which Thank you universe affirmations can make your life a masterpiece (and below that you’ll find a guide on how to practice gratitude).
You’ll begin to see life in a more positive light
Our brains consist of plenty of neural pathways and these pathways are created based on our habits and overall behaviors.
The ones we use often become a part of us.
Every time you indulge in negative thinking, your neural pathways memorize it and they in a way become infected by those toxic habits.
And this is where gratitude comes into the story!
Practicing gratitude will help you create new neural pathways and new outlooks.
In other words, you will no longer see the world in black and grey, but in a more positive light.
Darkness will be replaced by light, and dullness will be replaced by vibrant colors. You’ll begin to notice the positive in everything around you on a daily basis.
Gratitude practices will help you notice all those little things you were unaware of and you will learn to appreciate the value that they add to your life.
Practicing gratitude will make you happier
The law of attraction claims that “you will attract into your life whatever you focus on.” Now, imagine that you were only focused on negative things into your life.
Yes, that means you would attract more negative things into your life without even knowing it.
Basically, the law of attraction states that if you constantly think about certain things and imagine that you already have it, the universe will bring it to you.
It’s like a wish list that needs to be always in your mind and the universe will deliver it to you.
For example, if you focus on imagining that you have a kindle device, through time this will become a reality (okay, it may not be that simple, but you get my point!)
But, in order for this law to function, you have to practice gratitude on a daily basis.
This will send the universe positive vibrations and in turn it will reward you with more positive things (including those one or more things you desire at the moment).
You’ll start experiencing plenty of synchronicities, coincidences, and other miraculous moments that will make your life a masterpiece – that will make you happier.
Another way in which practicing gratitude will make you happier is by helping you release a happy brain chemical called dopamine.
Remember that feeling when you achieve something in life and you’re feeling grateful and proud of yourself?
Well, thanking the universe will make you feel the exact same way.
Simplified, the more you practice gratitude, the more happy chemicals you’ll release, meaning you’ll feel happier every day. Yup, it’s that simple.
It will improve your critical thinking, decision-making processes, and risk-taking endeavors
Practicing gratitude in the long run will bring you plenty of benefits, some of which include improved critical thinking and decision-making processes.
You’ll also notice that you’re no longer afraid of taking risks because you won’t be solely focused on the negative, but positive vibes and outcomes.
For example, let’s say that you want to start your own business.
Before gratitude, you would probably overthink it and in the end give up on the entire idea out of fear that you won’t succeed.
After implementing gratitude in your life, you will be more optimistic about starting your own business or any other project because you’ll believe that you’ll succeed.
You’ll sleep better (like a baby!)
If you’ve ever had difficulties falling asleep, practicing gratitude on a daily basis will significantly improve your sleep.
Basically, you will sleep like a baby because your mind won’t be restless like before.
You will be in touch with your true self, which means being in a state of total bliss and nirvana.
Your body and mind will be so relaxed, practising gratitude will be your favorite sleep remedy.
It will boost your overall health
An attitude of gratitude will not only help you to sleep better, but it will also improve your overall health! And, as we all know, health is number one priority!
You’re probably wondering how in the world can gratitude improve your health, right? And here’s how:
Practising gratitude helps boost levels of activity in the hypothalamus.
This part of the brain is responsible for regulating different bodily functions, from hunger to stress levels and many more.
So, yes, the more you’re grateful, the more your nervous system and various bodily functions will improve.
It would be a waste not to use this simple method that brings plenty of blessings for your health and life in general.
Your relationships will be healthier and stronger
We tend to spend half of our lives thinking about what’s missing in our relationships and because of that, we forget to be grateful for all the good things we already have.
We take things and people for granted.
Gratitude changes that mindset. By expressing gratitude, you’ll focus on being thankful for your relationship as it is.
You won’t overthink things, but will live in the moment.
You’ll appreciate your family members, friends, and partner more because you won’t only think about what needs to be changed.
Instead, you’ll enjoy every precious moment spent with them.
It will bring abundance of blessings into your life
Once expressing gratitude becomes a part of your daily life, you’ll attract abundance of blessings into every aspect of your life, including your work, health, and relationships.
You will no longer go to sleep feeling anxious about tomorrow or an upcoming event.
You will feel connected with the universe and your higher self and, as a result, you will feel FREE.
You will feel as if you can achieve anything you want to in the world, and you only have to be grateful for the ability to do that and for everything you already have.
Summarized, you’ll feel unstoppable. And that is how your life becomes a masterpiece!
How NOT To Express Gratitude
Since many people tend to interpret the whole gratitude thing wrong, here’s a short guide on how not to do it.
First of all, it’s important to be realistic – you shouldn’t mix your wish list with gratitude. Your gratitude process shouldn’t be something like this:
Thank you universe for everything I already have!
“I want a brand new house on an episode of Cribs, and a bathroom I can play baseball in. And a king size tub, big enough for ten plus me. (Yeah, so what you need?) I need a credit card that’s got no limit, and a big black jet with a bedroom in it…” (Nickelback, Rockstar)
Thank you again in advance!
If the only reason you’re being thankful to the universe is because you want to attract more expensive things into your life, then you’re not doing it right.
You have to be genuinely thankful for everything you already have (without expecting anything in return) and the universe will make sure to reward you.
Now that we got that straight, let’s see how to express gratitude in the right way.
How To Express Gratitude
Look for gratitude everywhere around you
Don’t only focus on big things that you’ve achieved in your life, but take into consideration both small and big wins.
Take a deep breath, focus on how you’re feeling in the moment and start looking for gratitude everywhere around you.
Perhaps you’re grateful for having an awesome job, your health, a hug from your loved ones, today’s lunch – anything, really.
These are all things you should be grateful for no matter how trivial they seem at first.
Minor things help big things to happen. Everything starts by getting up in the morning (and if you had poor health, you wouldn’t be able to do it).
If you haven’t eaten that day, it would be hard to function properly.
So, every little thing is an important unit of the chain called LIFE.
Express gratitude a few times a day, every day
It’s important to understand that you shouldn’t practice gratitude only in difficult times like when your car is broken, when you’re waiting for exam results, and whatever other stressful situation.
In other words, you shouldn’t do it only when you’re feeling miserable and you need instant solutions. The universe doesn’t work that way.
If you want to do it right, you need to do it every single day (preferably a few times a day).
Practice gratitude before going to sleep, when you wake up in the morning, and sometime in the middle of the day when you find it convenient.
Practice gratitude for what you have and what you desire as if you already have it
Remember that example above on how to NOT express gratitude?
Good, then you know that you shouldn’t simply make a list of the things you want and thank the universe for it.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wish for new things, but you shouldn’t do it in that way.
Instead, express gratitude for things you already have and for things you desire in the following way:
Thank you universe for helping me understand my purpose in life and what it means to be free and alive.
So, if your wish is to find your purpose and feel free, that’s an example on how you should do it.
Literally, you’re being thankful to the universe as if things you wish for are real right now.
Never focus on things you DON’T want
You should never mix things you don’t want with things you do want.
If you do that, you’ll confuse the universe and attract negative things into your life. And you don’t want that.
So, stick to positive things and only focus on what you desire at that moment. Imagine it like ordering food at a restaurant.
If you tell the waiter/waitress that you want steak but you don’t want soup and a few other things, they will be confused, right?
They will no longer be sure what is that you really want and don’t want. So, it’s important to not send any mixed or confusing signals, and you’ll be fine!
Acknowledge and be grateful for every gift from the universe (be it minor or major)
Don’t only focus on waiting for big things to happen (like a raise or another job, for instance), but make sure to acknowledge every gift from the universe, however big or small.
The more you’re grateful for little things in your life, the more you’ll attract big things.
They are all interconnected, so don’t ever see them as separate units.
Your life consists of plenty of milestones and special moments (and those less special), but they all work together to help make your life a masterpiece!
Final Thoughts On Gratitude
I’d like to use this opportunity to virtually express gratitude for being given the opportunity to write on this topic and help you understand the importance of implementing gratitude into your daily life.
Also, I’m grateful for technology and modern times that have made this possible.
And I’m grateful to you, my fellow reader, for absorbing my humble thoughts (I like to think that you’ve come this far with reading, but in case you haven’t, don’t worry, I won’t take it personally).
Remember that life is truly a gift not to be wasted, but to make the best of.
Thanking the universe is the first step to attracting abundance and happiness into your life, and making your journey a memorable experience.
That being said, I’ll wrap it all up with one of the most inspiring Thank You universe quotes by Abraham Hicks:
“Thank You universe for all the good things in my life that I don’t yet know about.”