I felt it only appropriate that my first official blog be about Gratitude since it is the very basis of my foundation in life and business. Gratitude generates a vibration of happiness and joy.  A feeling that allows us to get in touch with our inner self as opposed to the self we have been conditioned to be. What I mean by that is there are expectations placed upon us from the moment we arrive on this planet.  Those expectations cause us to add many layers to who we are thus covering up our authentic selves.  The self we came here to be. So “be” ing Grateful allows you to reconnect to that deep place within and to re-discover who you really are.

Recent studies have shown that people who are more Grateful have higher levels of well-being. Typically, people that are Grateful are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships.  It has been found that they have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self acceptance. They cope in more positive ways with the difficulties they experience in life, being more likely to seek support from other people.  And, here’s the even better news, Grateful people tend sleep better, which seems to be attributed to the fact that they think more positive thoughts not only through their day but just before going to sleep as well.

Gratitude comes from deep within.  It’s not only important to be Grateful but to “feel” Grateful.  The feeling part is what generates the positive vibration that you send out to other people and into the universe.  When you send that out other people and the universe pick up on that and start sending it back to you.

Being Grateful is the foundation for everything else you create.  From that place you will create a vision, set your intentions, and manifest your dreams. You might actually say it is a seed that you plant in some rich soil, water, fertilize, and pick out the weeds, until a beautiful flower blooms.  That beautiful flower is your life.

Take time to try this simple exercise.  Write down five things you are Grateful for on a daily basis and notice the affect it has on your day.