4 Gratitude Tips to Boost Your Abundance

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Do you crave more? More money, time, love, happiness? Whether you want to make a huge change in your life, or simply find peace with everything around you, including with your finances, gratitude is the place to begin.

As a financial advisor working with individuals and families for fourteen years, I have seen that lasting happiness isn’t achieved by reaching a certain level of wealth or a senior title. Happiness comes to those who appreciate the present moment, no matter what it looks like.

Sure, money can make life easier, however, it is when you feel grateful for all that you already have, that you experience real abundance.

Here are four ways that gratitude can help you feel rich right now regardless of your financial situation.

1. Give thanks for what you’ve already purchased.

Instead of letting your debt, student loans, credit card balances, overwhelm you, give thanks for the wonderful education you received, the amazing experiences you had with friends, or the new items that made you feel good.

Personally, when I write a check or send an online payment, I add “THANK YOU” in the memo for I have received something in return.

2. Appreciate that you have a choice over your thoughts and actions.

Life is a series of consequences from the choices you make.

When I make choices from a place of scarcity, when my mind is racing with thoughts of “I gotta have more” or “I’m not doing enough,” it invariably results in a deficit of money, sleep, and time.

I’ve learned to stop myself and be conscious of what is going on, internally and externally.

I feel better just knowing that I have a choice. I can choose to hold onto my feelings of inadequacy or let go of them and think differently. Same with my behavioral patterns. I can continue my current patterns or I can make a change.

How do you want to spend your money, time, and energy? What do you believe is possible with your money and your life?

Give thanks for the fact that you have the power of choice and allow yourself to make them from a place of abundance.

3. Appreciate what you already have instead of focusing on what you don’t.

It’s easy to get caught up in materialism and chase after things to buy your joy. But a consumption-centric lifestyle can rob you of both your financial and emotional security.

A recent study done earlier this year by Jo-Ann Tsang and her team at Baylor University found that as materialism increased, feelings of gratitude and life satisfaction decreased. Further, they found that the less satisfied people were, the less gratitude they experienced.

Focus, instead, on the abundance that surrounds you now. Make a list of your blessings including fresh air, running water, a roof over your head, your ability to walk and see.

Try giving thanks for your job, without complaining about your boss. And appreciate the money in your bank account without criticizing yourself about not having or earning more.

4. Appreciate the people in your life.

Take a moment to appreciate everyone around you. I’m definitely guilty of working so hard that I miss out on time with my kids. But whenever I spend an afternoon, or frankly even 10 minutes of pure fun and love, I feel incredibly abundant. The best is when I wake up and my three kids crawl into my bed for “snuggle bug” time.

It all starts with gratitude!

My 8 year old recently asked me, “why do you have to get all dressed up and put on that makeup?” I like you best in your pajamas. Moments like these remind me how much I am loved for who I am, not for what I do or what l look like.

Make time to connect with others, whether it’s with your family, co-workers, or in your community, and open up to the abundance that already exists regardless of what you have.

I began a gratitude practice when I decided to change my life and become a writer as well as a Certified Financial Planner. It allowed me to follow my values and make my dreams come true.

Find out more about my new book, The Abundance Loop: 8 Steps to Manifest Conscious Wealth, and learn how you can cultivate gratitude and break the cycle of scarcity in order to live in abundance.

Connect with me so we can create an abundant world together!

 

 

8 Steps To Manifest Abundance

May 26th Grati-Tuesday News: Project Happiness is SO GRATEFUL that our friend and new author, Juliana Park, has generously offered to donate half her proceeds from the upcoming Hay House World Summit to projecthappiness.org! Sign up FREE today to access more from Juliana and 100 other inspirational experts featured in the summit: http://www.hayhouseworldsummit.com/?a=4436&c=596&p=r

In her new book, The Abundance Loop, Juliana outlines the 8 Steps to Manifest Abundance using the power of gratitude. Below is a sneak peak of these steps to shift from scarcity to abundance:

 

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Breaking the Cycle of Scarcity Through the Eyes of Gratitude

gratitudeBy Juliana Park

May 19, 2015

I had always thought I was happy. Even when kids in my small hometown in Rhode Island called me “Chop-Chop” and made fun of my Asian eyes, I learned to laugh with them. At eight, I didn’t know how to deal with my true feelings, so I buried my shame and went to my imaginary happy place. I was thankful that I could get people to laugh, even if I bore the brunt of their careless comments.

 

At home, things were also under tight wraps, and there was a strict code of what was acceptable to say and do. To earn my parents’ approval, I was a dutiful daughter: good in school, polite and quiet, and I didn’t speak my mind there either. I knew they would be disappointed if they knew how sensitive I was, so again, I swallowed my true feelings. I never felt free to speak or live my own truth.

 

Thus I learned early on to smile in the face of slurs, to bury my emotions, and I convinced myself everything was fine. For most of my adult life, I was able to maintain a sunny disposition on the outside, priding myself on being available to anyone who suffered from lack of joy or who needed help. I was a loyal and trusted friend with a perpetually positive outlook, and I fiercely protected that persona even within my first marriage. I wanted so much to be that person, the one everyone perceived as being so confident and carefree.

 

Regretfully, perception is not always what it appears. And sometimes life has to take a drastic turn before things get better. Let’s just say I saw my share of “drastic.” But within that chaos, I discovered something very valuable: the true nature of gratitude, and for me, it made all the difference.

 

I had been drowning in the “drastic” part of my journey. Try as I might I could not be perfect, and my first marriage slowly and sadly disintegrated. I was completely depleted, the break-up was really painful, and I felt like a failure. I was still not able to express my authentic self and, truth be told, I was not even sure who I truly was. But at least I was free to start over and make different choices.

 

But as you might know, old habits die hard. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before I became friends with a woman who desperately needed my help as she was leaving her marriage. I showed up as the dutiful friend, helping to babysit her children, buying her groceries and spending endless hours on the phone as her main source of support. But she was quickly depleting me, physically, emotionally and even financially — the story of my life. Towards the end of our friendship, I lent her $2,000 to engage a lawyer. Mistake! Not only did she never pay it back, we never spoke again.

 

The cycle of lack was back with a vengeance. At first, I couldn’t understand why I kept allowing myself to get used. Why did I keep putting other people’s needs and happiness before my own? Why couldn’t I stand up for what I wanted? Why didn’t I do what is truly best for me?

 

I finally saw this as a recurring pattern and set out to break it. Through therapy, holistic studies and a lot of introspection, I came to realize the negative outcomes in my life were invariably the result of poor choices that I made. When I looked deeper, I could see those poor choices were driven by stress, anxiety and personal feelings of inadequacy. I didn’t feel like I had enough, and worse, I didn’t feel like I was enough. To break the cycle, I knew I had to stop the anxiety and poor self-esteem. But how?

 

I began my search when all of a sudden, the solution found me. It was gratitude. This flash of insight happened on a seemingly normal day, the evening after my daughter’s 9th birthday party. She was so full of joy and love that I found my love for her filled me with appreciation for my life, the entirety of my life, the sheer wonder of it all. As I felt that gratitude course warmly through my body, I realized that this powerful emotion would be the “thing” that would help me make better choices and transform my life!

 

Steeped with gratitude, I gradually started to make different choices, and those choices led to better outcomes — emotionally, physically and financially — it all improved! Once I changed my beliefs about what was possible for me, abundance opened up all over. Seeing the world through the eyes of gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to transform your life. Rather than live in a cycle of hopelessness and scarcity, I believe anyone can live each day in abundance. Just power-up your appreciation for what you do have and who you truly are, and break free.