“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” –  Meister Eckhart

What is the difference between living an average life and living a magnificent life? While your first thought might be about grand accomplishments and wild adventures, it is actually something much less exotic or grandiose. What if the difference is as simple as failing to identify the blessings and good things that are working for us?

By integrating a ritual into our daily schedule which celebrates all of our daily blessings, we then constantly experience feelings of awe, beauty, wonder, joy and happiness. Practicing gratitude and doing little things like savoring our morning coffee, noticing and stopping to smell some vibrant flowers, looking at the beauty of nature that surrounds us, making time to be present to the gift of being alive – all of these seemingly small things are what help us remember and realize that our life is truly magnificent. The blessings that we want are already there – right in front of us — if we choose to pay attention and appreciate what we have or acknowledge what we may have been taking for granted.

It’s exciting to see increasing research that shows how practicing gratitude with deliberate intention can rewire our brain to identify the good and combat our tendency to focus on negativity. *1

According to Harvard researcher and author, Shawn Achor, “Something as simple as writing down three things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days in a row significantly increases your level of optimism, and it holds for the next six months.”

Other studies show how gratitude helps keep you calm and increases willpower, and can even boost employee morale. *2 The Grateful Organizations Quiz created by Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center could be a good first step to identify how grateful you and your organization are.*3

Redirecting your thoughts to the things you’re grateful for might give you an instant boost of energy, increase your willpower, help you be more productive and overall gift you with a joyful and more successful life experience.

How does PilloveTalk fit into this? Our home and office decor are designed to support you in your ability to connect to uplifting ideas and serve as reminders to connect to gratitude. It’s like taking a pill — you have to absorb the message into your heart in order for the message to transpire into an awareness of gratitude. We provide you with the reminders, so with time, they will transform into virtues. www.pillovetalk.com

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26746580

http://www.northeastern.edu/cos/2014/03/can-gratitude-reduce-costly-impatience/

3. Grateful Organizations Quiz  http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/take_quiz/12