Practical Wellbeing Part II: Gratitude and Being Present

Gratitude 

"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy" - Brother David Steindl-Rast

Giving thanks and appreciating of what we have is a pinnacle of well-being (practical wellbeing).  Feeling deep appreciation for your family, friends, and loved ones helps us achieve a greater overall sense of well-being.

A practice that helps develop this pillar is Reiki (Ray Key).  Reiki is a practice that helps tweak our frequency to the right one. Please check out a simple way to start Reiki here.

Gratitude is also necessary for manifesting what we want out of life.  When you first practice gratitude you might not have much, but who cares.  This is a starting point.  We need to appreciate the fact that we are alive right now.

Appreciate the air you breathe, as well as your family and friends.  As we go further in life we will have more to appreciate.

P.S.  If you plan on attracting what you want out of life, this is essential!  Do not let a lack of gratitude hold you back.

Being Present 

Being present, is being one with our environment.  According to a study mentioned by Dr. Davidson, the average American adult spends 47% of their life not paying attention to what they are doing and when doing so the majority were not happy.

In other words put your damn cellphone down, be present and experience life.  Another tip to being present is taking the much needed information diet explained by Tim Ferris in the “4 Hour Work Week”.

I do this quite often especially with mindless news.  Instead of trying to keep up with the Kardashians and waste good years of our lives, why not check in with our local baristas or with colleagues and friends to get the highlights from them instead.

Say “I have been extremely busy lately, anything interesting happen this week?” This allows us to focus more on our life’s goals instead of what other people or celebrities are doing that we do not even personally know in the first place.

Why not have assist us in filtering out the BS, and provide us with the important news.  Our overactive minds can also cause unhappiness.    Being present incorporates the concept of “mindfulness” and can be improved with mindful meditation.  This helps calm and control our overactive mind from overthinking and not paying attention to the present.

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Continue to Part III: Recovery and Nutrition

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