Treating Gratitude as a Habit
The universe will give you what you send. If you are selfish or mean to others, you will be paid back with unwanted circumstances. It’s why people constantly use the phrase, “what goes around, comes around.” When you project gratitude, the universe will pay you back in a positive manner. You will appreciate what you have, and it will set the stage for the universe to give you even more.
Poison of Negativity
But, we live in a highly negative world. This makes it easy to revert to having negative thoughts. You may believe those negative thoughts are your own, so the universe won’t be able to find out you’ve been thinking them. However, thoughts produce energy, so there is no hiding. Energy, whether it is positive or negative, will be projected.
You need to make gratitude become a natural part of your life, something that you think without effort. The best way to do that is to make it a habit. You will need to consciously repel the thoughts of people who introduce negativity into your life. This includes news, social media, and interacting in social settings. Unfortunately, you cannot avoid altogether people who are negative. You can try to turn them around to being grateful, but you need to start with yourself. You’ll make little progress if you are constantly negative.
Try to develop a filter within yourself that keeps you from reacting when people say something negative. The easy way out is to join in the fray. You will hear it, but the filter will deflect what has been said. This requires you to let things go.
It’s difficult because we’ve been conditioned since we were children to accept negativity. While parents are well-meaning and want the best for their kids, when they are negative, the kids will pick up on this emotion.
Gratitude Fights Negativity
When you condition yourself to be grateful constantly, this becomes the needed filter to keep negativity at bay. But, it can be fleeting without constant practice and reinforcement. Start by making a list of everything you are grateful for. Then, each day, state out loud the items on that list. Feel free to add to the list.
The reinforcement of gratefulness will make it a part of your personality over time. People will appreciate it, even if subtly. It will make them drawn to you, and they may not know exactly the reasons why. But, you can be sure that it has much to do with your newfound grateful habit.