The Science Behind the Law of Attraction Magazine February, 2016 - Page 49

1. Take 7 minut es each morning t o writ e down everyt hing you appreciat e in l if e Starting your day this way primes you to be receptive and grateful for everything your day will bring. It also helps you cultivate an air of positivity that makes you naturally more attractive to other positive people ? and inspires them to want to help you achieve your goals. 2. Make a conscious ef f ort t o appreciat e at l east 3 peopl e every day By letting people know how much you appreciate them, you increase their own sense of appreciation and self-worth, and encourage them to pay this positive energy forward to other people. While most people enjoy receiving verbal appreciation, written notes are also nice because they can be saved and re-read. (For ideas on expressing appreciation, grab your copy of The Success Principles and review Principle 53: Practice Uncommon Appreciation.) 3. Pl ay t he Appreciat ion Game Set a specific time each day to consciously appreciate everything you encounter. An ideal time to do this is on your way to or from work. Appreciate the people you pass, the road you walk on, the cars that let you merge into a different lane, the street signs that make it easy for you to know where you?re going, the rain that?s nourishing the plants and trees, and so on. Look for the good in all situations ? even those you would normally view as negative. As the saying goes, ?Every cloud has a silver lining.? For example, when my wife was in a car accident a few years ago, she could have chosen to berate herself or question her judgment. Instead, she focused on her gratitude for suffering only minor injuries and for the help she received from other drivers. 4. Carry a physical t oken of grat it ude in your pocket , such as a heart -shaped st one, cryst al , or some ot her smal l it em A physical reminder can bring you back to your practice of gratitude when your mind has drifted elsewhere. As you reach into your pocket throughout the day and feel the token, use it as a reminder to stop, breathe and take a moment to fully experience the emotion of gratitude. The more conscious effort you put into seeking it out, the easier it will be to find it ? and the more powerful your experience will be. 5. Remember t o appreciat e t he smal l est bl essings The best way to activate your gratitude is by acknowledging the gifts most people take for granted. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes in your closet and a roof over your head, you are better off than 75 percent of the world?s population. If you eat three meals a day, you are far better off than the 1 billion people on the planet who eat once a