Throughout my spiritual journey, I've learned how to live a life of abundance and practice what it takes to reach an elevated level of joy. So, it's only appropriate that on World Gratitude Day, I share my 14 tips to finding true happiness. Some you may already practice, but others may surprise you.
Be Miracle Minded
Miracles occur everyday whether you recognize them or not, but you need to be open to seeing them in order to experience them. How do you think roses bloom season after season despite the frigid winter? If you recognize these types of miracles that are often overlooked, you’ll learn to appreciate all the universe has to offer.
Change Your Thoughts
Your thoughts control your feelings. In order to become a happier person, you need to think happier thoughts. While it seems simple, it actually takes a lot of practice, because you need to retraining your brain. A good example that I find a lot of people can relate to is the thought or idea of not being enough – skinny enough, rich enough, smart enough – the list goes on. When you begin to tell yourself (and realize) that you are enough, you can experience abundance. I did a whole blog post on this idea here.
Emit Your Own Frequency
We, human beings, are composed of energy as is everything around us. It’s important to understand that our energy (our soul) is living a human experience and can emit it’s own frequency. Too often we pick up the negative energy of others and can easily become absorbed by it. You know the Kendrick Lamar song, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe?” Well…
Set Daily Intentions
Each morning before I get out of bed, I meditate for 20 minutes and set an intention for the day. Sometimes it’s as simple as “Today is going to be a great day.” By starting your morning off on a positive note, with an intention, it’ll help you go through the rest of your day in a positive manner.
Treat Yourself Like You Treat Your Pet
If you’re anything like me, you keep your pet (or child) on a pedestal. You wouldn’t think twice about making sure it only eats organic (only the best for your baby), gets plenty of affection and is simply spoiled to say the least. Take a look at the way you treat yourself. After all, you’re health and happiness is in your own hands. What are you eating? Are you making time for relationships, fitness and pampering?
Keep A Gratitude Journal
Recognizing and expressing gratitude are very powerful activities. Without gratitude, you’ll take things for granted. Before bed, try thinking of three things you’re grateful for that day. I’m old school and journaling in an actual notebook, so I like to write them down, but you can also keep a running list in the “Notes” section of your iPhone.
Forgive, Forgive, Forgive
Forgiveness is the ultimate secret to achieving peace and happiness. Whether you need to forgive yourself or someone else, it’s important to recognize that until you can forgive, you’ll never be full liberated and able to live life to it’s fullest.
Giving back out of kindness is one of the most rewarding things we can do on this earth. We’re conditioned to think of time as money, (and in many cases… yea, pay up!), but you have over 10,000 minutes in a week. Taking an hour out of your schedule to help those in need is a humbling and fulfilling experience.
See Through Eyes of Love
See the world through eyes of love as opposed to fear. Make the commitment to yourself to realign your thoughts with love. I was taught by Gabby Bernstein to allow your inner guide to help you reinterpret a fear through prayer. When practicing this, the voice within you starts to change and you’ll be able to see love.
Meditation helps to relieve stress, allow the mind to explore deeper levels of thought and clear any unimportant thoughts, making you able to focus. I practice transcendental meditation (see post), which is 20 minutes of repeating a mantra twice a day, but even if you sit for five minutes repeating an intention or focusing on your breath each morning, you’re helping yourself.
Release Your Ego
Your ego is the loudest voice in your head and often isn’t authentic. Instead of living through the thoughts of your ego, take a step back and recognize that it’s not always aligned with your intuition, which is your true self. When you learn how to let go of your ego, you realize life is a lot simpler than you thought, because living through love, your gut feelings, takes off a lot of pressure.
Unplug and Tune In
Have you ever found yourself comparing your life to those on social media? Maybe that gorgeous fashion blogger who gets to travel the world for free because of her following? Or how about to that mom of three kids with her coveted corporate job? How does she have it all? Remember that Instagram is a well edited version of what’s really happening at home. Stop spending so much time on social media platforms. Unplug and go create a life of your own.
Eat with Intention
Food is medicine. As Americans, most of us grew up not paying attention to the food we consume, that needs to change in order for you to feel your best. Each time you sit down to eat, look at your plate and make sure everything on it has nutritional value. Just another reason to skip the bread basket. Food fuels our body and keeps our systems running properly so imagine what’s happening inside when we’re full of sugar? In my ‘6 Steps to Healing Yourself’ post, I talk more about using food as medicine.
Let Go of the Future
Let go of the future, It doesn’t exist! We’re so caught up in our plans and goals that this is hard for people to comprehend, but once you understand, you allow yourself to fully live in the moment and appreciate the little things that make up this precious life.