Secrets to Happiness (Series): Secret #2 - Gratitude Brings Prosperity

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer


As humans we have the unique ability to look at things in life and place our own interpretation on them. I love the quote from Wayne above, because it helps to remind myself how important it is to be grateful and appreciative of what I have. At the end of the day, it is my choice how I want to look at things. It can be a specific situation around a relationship or it can be around money. No matter what that thing is, I can choose to either look at it from a place of lack, or from a place of prosperity. And depending on which interpretation I choose to accept, my life and reality will become as such.


Shakespeare said it best in Hamlet…”There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”


By bringing love and gratitude into a current situation you are struggling with — and not labeling it either good or bad — it will open the heart and the mind to what can be possible to transform the situation. What is really fascinating is that when you begin to shift in this way, miracles can happen. The solution you were needing or the answer you were searching for miraculously shows up when you begin to trust a situation. Or, that new client or business contact can magically appear out of nowhere. And that makes for happiness…


I don’t recall how many times I tested this myself, but I know there’s too many to count. Every time I focused on being grateful with what I DO have, God and the Universe gave back to me in so many amazing ways – better than I could ever imagine. And what’s more amazing is that as I continues to be this way in my life, even more abundance begins to show up for in my life. Recently I had a fall-out with someone near and dear to me, and it broke my heart to think that someone who knew me for 15 years would say such hurtful things to me and view me so harshly. As much as I was sad for the loss in friendship and wanted to let my ego think it was about me, I realized that it isn’t what I thought it was. And instead I chose to be grateful for the 15 years that I did have with the person, and how grateful I am for their generosity and kindness they DID show to me during those years. Then I began to think about how I have so many wonderful friends and family surrounding me who love me unconditionally. And this helped me to expand beyond the current situation to see that my life is not as bad as I thought…and that brings me happiness!


During this week, I invite you to consider the practice of love and gratitude around situations and relationships that are of concern to you. Go beyond the current situation to see how else you can look at it – begin to think of this as an opportunity for you to go beyond what your ego believes, because it is not what your ego thinks is true. Instead of looking at person or situation as either good or bad, what’s another possible way to see it? How might looking at it differently give you an opportunity for greater happiness?


Be open and ready to look at things differently because as much as your ego wants to hold you back, there is something so much BIGGER out there waiting for you!






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