The Fastest and Easiest Path to Prosperity

 “The Fastest and Easiest Path to Prosperity”

 
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The dictionary definition of “Prosperity” is: the state of flourishing, thriving, success, or good fortune. Prosperity often encompasses wealth but also includes others factors that are independent of wealth to varying degrees, such as happiness and health.

Unity minister Eric Butterworth said, “Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things.”

The fastest and easiest way to tune into prosperity is to get into an emotional state of GRATITUDE.

Gratitude is an extremely powerful emotion. Robert A. Emmons from the University of California Davis and Micheal E. McCullogh from the University of Miami conducted a long-term research project designed to study the effects of gratitude. Here are some of their findings:

  • In an experimental comparison, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events.

  • Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals over a two-month period compared to subjects in the other experimental conditions.

  • In a sample of adults with neuromuscular disease, a 21-day gratitude intervention resulted in greater amounts of high energy positive moods, a greater sense of feeling connected to others, more optimistic ratings of one’s life, and better sleep duration and sleep quality, relative to a control group.

  • Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress. The disposition toward gratitude appears to enhance pleasant feeling states more than it diminishes unpleasant emotions. Grateful people do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life.

  • People with a strong disposition toward gratitude have the capacity to be empathic and to take the perspective of others.  They are rated as more generous and more helpful by people in their social networks.

The simplest and fastest way to tap into your feelings of gratitude is a process to make a list of people, pets, places, things, and experiences that you are grateful for. You can do this mentally or out loud. I’ve found that it’s most effective for me when I write it down.

A highly beneficial practice is to keep a gratitude journal and every night before you go to bed, write down 5 things that you’re grateful for.

In fact, I invite you to leave a comment here and let me know 5 things that you’re grateful for.   Thanks!

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Comments

  1. 5 things I’m grateful for:
    My amazing, loving, generous, supportive husband.
    The internet and how it enables us to connect, share, and learn from each other (like this)
    Simple comforts like toilet paper, tissues and the dishwasher.
    New clients with creative projects for me to play with.
    Warm nights with starry skies (I love to gaze at the night sky and let the energy of the Universe flow through me)

  2. People always laugh at me, but the number one thing I am most grateful for is indoor plumbing. I am totally serious about this – maybe because I had to live in a hole for a week in the Army.

    I am also thankful for my clients, my business, good friends, and bacon! :-D

  3. PJ
    This is just lovely! brings a smile to my face just reading it :)

    I’m grateful for my wonderful husband who makes me laugh, for the rest of my family, for my health and happiness, for being my own boss and for being able to help women feel on top of the world again!

    I’m also grateful for yummy food like avocados, lamb, coconut, paw paws, Brussels sprouts, eggs and more!
    Trudy

  4. I love this! It is so true, but I don’t think you can truly ‘get it’ unless you keep a gratitude journal for at least one month. I did an experiment for a month, and wrote down 5 things I was grateful for every day and challenged myself to come up with new ones and didn’t allow for repeats. I found that at the end of the month my attitude was better, I was seeing more opportunities open up for me, and things that really used to bug me were like water off a ducks back. I now give this as an assignment to my clients who join my programs, as I do believe that this affects our lives over all and how we approach our physical fitness. And the 5 things I am grateful for today:
    1- My son’
    2- The fact that I’m pregnant
    3- My health
    4- My husband
    5- Electricity!

  5. Rose says:

    I am alway striving to be grateful:

    Top 5 Today ~

    1. Awesome friend who cares for my dog while we are out of town and now is caring for her sick. I know Maggie is in good hands.

    2. The men in my life, my partner and my son. I love them both so very much and they are such blessings.

    3. The bravery I had to change my life completely. I am on one amazing journey. Learning that I love to interview heart-centered teachers. I just love it.

    4. Being able to share my knowledge and abilities with others.

    5. Finding myself dealing with stressful situations with a calmness I knew was possible and had never really found until now.

    Life is good and getting better every day.

  6. 5 things I am grateful for:

    1. My family
    2. My animals
    3. My blessings and being able to share my gifts with the world.
    4. Air conditioning (I live in Arizona – nuff said)
    5. My grateful spirit

  7. I’m grateful for:
    my health
    my family
    my dogs
    my business
    my nephews.
    Oh, and being able to study listbuilding with PJ! :)

    Michele
    http://www.michelechristensen.com

  8. Sally Rubin says:

    Love this! It is so wonderful to have a GRATITUDE list with RESULTS!

  9. Sally Rubin says:

    Oops! Forgot to post my 5 gratitudes.

    Top five:
    1. My life. I’ve just always been really happy to have been born. I love the name I was given: Sally Joy. Have always been stumped that people don’t name their baby girls Sally. It’s such a fun name.
    2. My little family. I’d be too “out there” without the grounding the my family gives me. My family consists of my husband, son, and two doggies (Molar and Charley) and my Aunt Florence.
    3. Breath awareness: I know this may sound woo-woo, but the older I get, the more tuned in to breathing…getting into depth on this one.
    4. My friends: Really…because my parents passed on at such a young age, my friends have been my greatest support system. So, I really appreciate them.
    5. My ability to write. So, grateful for this.
    6. Hot running water.
    7. Comfortable shoes.

  10. Linda says:

    Great blog. :-)

    1. I am grateful for my life and the peace I know.

    2. I am grateful for my health–which I have not always had.

    3. I am grateful for my wonderful kids, my family, and my dear friends.

    4. I am grateful to be part of several communities of smart, engaged, ambitious entrepreneurs out to make the world a better place.

    5. I am grateful for today, which is ripe with possibility.

    :-)
    Xoxo

  11. 5 things that I am grateful for in no order:

    The courage I have developed to live my life the way I want to.
    My amazing husband, I am so glad I was open to the possibilities the universe offered me.
    My wonderful son, who is so empathic and kind, who deals with hard times better than many of the adults I know.
    That I live in the age of technology where all of us are one big community and I can coach my clients from almost anywhere.
    For the love and the peace and the joy that is part of everyday for me now.

    Rose

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    Rose Hawley-Perry, The Dec-Clutter Your Mind So Your SOul Can Shine Coach
    Mindfully Organized

  12. I wanted to update my gratitude list:

    Flexibility that let me take two days off for a death in the family
    Living in a great place where I can bike ride year round
    Living in a dog-friendly neighborhood
    Humor
    Technology

    Those are just what is on my mind today.

  13. Love keeping a gratitude journal! Keeps me in the energy of good fortune!

    Five things I’m grateful for right now:

    My 2-days-away vacation at the Jersey Shore
    The smell of basmati rice cooking on the stove
    An afternoon off for shopping
    The smell of summer drifting into my open window
    This present sense of peace and calm.

    Thank you PJ!

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