“God gave you 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?”
– William A. Ward

When you think of “gratitude,” what comes to mind? One of the most famous stories about gratitude is Oprah Winfrey’s gratitude journal. For ten years, Oprah wrote down five things she was grateful for each day—things that made her laugh, tasted wonderful, were beautiful, or made her heart sing. The result? Her life became incredibly full and exciting, leaving little time to keep up her journal.

Gratitude works like magic. The more you express it, the more you find to be grateful for. It’s nourishment for the soul, impacting your energy field and the world around you. In my experience as a spiritual teacher and energy healer, I’ve seen gratitude transform lives. When you understand its power, you’ll want to make it a central part of your life.

Gratitude is a powerful tool for creating the life you desire. It’s not just about being thankful for what you have but also about envisioning and being grateful for what you want, as if you already have it. This creates a powerful pull on the unseen forces of manifestation.

To make gratitude a habit, practice it regularly until it becomes your default mindset. Here are ten ways to build your gratitude practice and make it a healing part of your daily life:

  1. Grow Your Gratitude List

    Take a few minutes each night to list your blessings, both large and small. Say them out loud if possible. For example, “I am grateful for my good health, a productive day at work, and a fun conversation with a friend.”
  1. Ask Yourself Key Questions

    Every night, ask yourself, “What have I received today? What have I given to others today?” This simple review helps you recognize the good in your life and see whether you are sharing your gifts.
  1. Use the Power of Positive Affirmations

    Daily affirmations like “I am loved just as I am” or “I am creative and impactful” help you wake up to your true nature and foster self-acceptance. Recognize yourself as a child of the Divine, and gratitude will naturally follow.
  1. Share Your Gratitude with Others

    Encourage friends and family to keep their own gratitude lists and share them with each other. This practice can shift conversations from problems to positive experiences, fostering a more uplifting environment.
  1. Send a Thank-You Note Each Week

    Turn your impulse to thank someone into action. Send a quick email or note to express your gratitude. This practice spreads good vibes to both the sender and the recipient.
  1. Keep a Gratitude Journal


    Writing in a gratitude journal helps you keep track of your blessings and provides a space to reflect on your inner life and the events of your outer life. It can also help you find hidden blessings in challenges.
  1. Practice Mindfulness

    Being present in the moment allows you to appreciate the beauty and joy in your surroundings. Practice mindfulness by focusing on your breath, observing nature, or savoring a simple activity.
  1. Volunteer Your Time

    Helping others can boost your own gratitude. Volunteer at a local charity, help a neighbor, or support a friend in need. Acts of service can remind you of the abundance in your own life.
  1. Celebrate Small Wins Acknowledge and celebrate your small victories. Whether it’s completing a task or achieving a personal goal, recognizing these moments can enhance your sense of gratitude.
  1. Reflect on Challenges

    Reflect on past challenges and how they have shaped you. Recognizing the growth and strength you gained from difficult times can increase your gratitude for the journey.

Gratitude transforms your attitude and opens your heart to the abundance around you. By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you’ll cultivate a mindset of appreciation that can enhance every aspect of your life. Start today, and let gratitude become the foundation of your spiritual journey.

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