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By Aine Belton www.GlobalLoveProject.com This free ebook contains 3 sections: 1) The Gifts of Gratitude 2) Scientific Evidence 3) Gratitude Exercises

Part 1 The Gifts of Gratitude


Gratitude attracts more of anything you feel grateful for and more of everything in general! In that sense it is a wonderful abundance ally. Feeling grateful aligns you to, and subsequently magnetizes, that which you love and is in your highest, inviting in more of the same - greater love, joy, success and blessings into your life. Gratitude opens your heart, raise your vibration, and can elevate you from even the darkest of states.
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Gratitude is the sweet fragrance of an opening heart. - Aine Belton

In appreciating and feeling grateful for something, you essentially 'receive' it and let it in, as well as give to it from your heart. You also are directing your focus and attention towards the positive; what you feel grateful for is always something beneficial. This will enhance your energy in uplifting heartwarming ways. Gratitude attunes your heart and mind to that which is wonderful in your life, or has been, which is why feeling GRATEFUL makes you feel GREAT! When you feel grateful you get to experience the beautiful qualities you feel grateful for all over again. Gratitude is the sweet song of appreciation and turns any experience, person or event into a gift that is received. When you appreciate and feel grateful, you allow something to more fully reach you and touch your heart, as well as give to it from your heart, which is a wonderful exchange of positive energies.
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Gratitude is a light that dances from your heart, and blesses its subject whether near or far apart Whatever you focus on grows, so when you appreciate someone, see their value and beauty and feel grateful, those qualities will expand and grow in your life. When you focus on everything in your life you have to feel grateful for, and all the wonderful things, experiences and people you appreciate, you will receive more of the same. It's a fantastic abundance expanding experience!

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Part 2 Scientific Evidence


Gratitude Increases Happiness & Goal Progress

In one study it was found that keeping a gratitude journal (listing at the end of the day 5 - 10 things you are grateful for over the last 24 hours), generated a 25% increase in happiness levels! It was also found to increase progress towards important goals. Robert Emmons and Mike McCullough are two leading researchers on this topic. Below are some of their findings: In their research, the group that did "gratitude intervention" (keeping a gratitude journal at the end of the day to list 5 - 10 things they were grateful of over the last 24 hours), were: * More likely to have made progress toward
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important personal goals (academic, interpersonal, and health-based) over a two-month period. * Reported higher levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy. * Exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic.
Scientific Study References: Emmons, R.A., & McCullough, M.E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: Experimental studies of gratitude and subjective wellbeing in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 377-389. Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. New York: Free Press. p. 75. Hardcover ISBN 0-7432-2297-0; Paperback (2004): ISBN 0-7432-2298-9.

Thanks to Dr David Hamilton for sharing some of these research examples in a talk.

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Part 3 Gratitude Exercises


Exercise 1 Keep a Gratitude Journal At the end of each day, write down (or say in your mind) 10 things you feel grateful for over the last 24 hours. In doing so you will open to and experience more of the wondrous, generating energy of gratitude. As studies have shown (discussed above), this alone has been found to generate a 25% increase in happiness levels, as well as a number of other positive benefits. When you do so, be sure to connect to the heart-felt feelings of gratitude; don't just make it a mental box-ticking process. Really engage your emotions. Add to that list at least a few things you are grateful to YOURSELF for; the positive qualities, actions, traits and demeanours, how you've handled your day or any situations, how you've taken care of yourself or been kind to others, etc.

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Exercise 2 Transforming Problem Areas If theres an area of your life that feels blocked, is not going as you would like, or is causing pain, fear, anguish or frustration, try applying gratitude as an anti-dote and transformer. To do this, in any challenging or problem area, look to anything you can feel grateful for in the person/ situation/circumstance surrounding the issue. Look to what is positive, light, or what can become so from the situation. Does the situation hold any gifts? Are there any benefits to it you can feel grateful for? This is not the same as being grateful for the situation per se, which can be unrealistic if it is one that you are unhappy with, and also lead to denial. There is no point pretending you feel grateful through a wall of anger, however. Before looking at things from a different and more objective perspective it can be helpful to feel and honour your feelings first so they can move through you and be released. In this exercise the idea is to pick out the gems in a problem situation, focus on the gifts and light it may hold, and explore new perspectives that may help to
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transform the experience. Very often when we look back at problems and challenges we DO feel grateful for them, realizing what we gained, what it led to that was beneficial, or what healing, awareness or love was catalyzed through it. This exercise can also help us take greater responsibility for the parts of us that may have wanted or manifested this problem. What you take responsibility for you are more able and willing to change. Responsibility brings freedom and empowerment. If you can get to a place where you genuinely feel grateful for a challenge, the challenge may vanquish completely as the gifts, healing and awareness have been received. It can also bring a new perspective that unhinges unconscious reactions and ego agendas and the negative energy that may be keeping it alive. To help with this, try asking yourself the questions below in relation with what may be troubling you: * What have I learned or can I learn from this situation? * What gifts have I received or might I receive from this person or situation that could be a benefit to me?
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* How might my life be better for this, and if not right now, then in the future? * Has my love and compassion deepened or does it have the potential for doing so through this situation? * How can this situation open me to more love for myself, others and the world? * Have I become stronger or wiser, or have the potential for doing so through this situation? * How has this challenge helped me discover more about myself? * What positive qualities or experiences has this person or situation exhibited that I can be grateful for? * What good has come from this challenge, or could come from this experience, for myself/others/my future/ the world? * Am I now incentivized for positive change (for which I can feel grateful)?

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* What positive qualities and traits have I discovered or demonstrated in dealing with this challenge (that I can feel grateful for)? Obviously you can do other things such as reflect on why you may have created or allowed this reality, love yourself more, forgive yourself and others, let go of limiting beliefs and stories that may be generating the experience, and so on. Gratitude in itself, however, will begin to shift your energy and vibration for the better to help transform problem areas, accentuating the positive and diminishing the negative. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best. Wallace Wattles Exercise 3 Future Causation Be grateful not only for your present reality but for the future realities and goals you are desiring and intent on manifesting. When visualizing a goal (by stepping into it and experiencing it with all your senses as tangibly as possible in your mind), feel all the positive feelings that would be there if that dream had come true, including GRATITUDE.

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Feel grateful for having manifested that reality ahead of time! This is a powerful technique! Your emotions are ways in which you communicate to your subconscious mind. Being grateful for what will be, ahead of time, as if it has already occurred, is a very powerful way to attract its manifestation into your life right now! Every now and then pause to send some thoughts of gratitude about future goals and dreams as if they have already come true and you will begin to magnify their materialization at an accelerated rate. Doing so at the beginning or end of a manifesting visualization meditation, for example, is a great idea. Receive your free Love Pack courtesy of the Global Love Project at: www.GlobalLoveProject.com/Gifts

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