"Make your mind to give thanks, for gratitude brings joy, peace and abundance into your life." Robert Betz is one of the most famous German coaches for personal development and transformation. He is convinced that only a life of gratitude can be a truly happy and fulfilled life. For those who are grateful for themselves, their fellow human beings and all the unlimited chances and possibilities that life offers, create abundance and satisfaction.
Robert Betz knows: "Many people have an infinite amount - far more than they actually need. Yet they focus on the lack and can't really appreciate what they have." Whoever strives for something higher, better and faster, instead of being grateful for what he already has, is always in a state of lack.
Gratitude comes with Abundance
It is not so much whether you actually lack something, but rather whether you feel a state of lack or abundance. Even wealthy people can always find themselves in a state of want, whereas financially poor people can lead a very full life. It is not your bank balance that determines whether you live in want or abundance, but your thoughts and your inner attitude.
Speaking of thoughts. Robert Betz knows: "With our thoughts we create our reality. Therefore we should examine our thoughts very carefully. We have learned to think unconsciously. Hardly anybody attaches importance to looking at what he actually thinks. What do I think about myself, about life, about my fellow men, about my past?" Do you already steer your thoughts in such a way that they radiate gratitude and positively influence your life?
Living in gratitude
Maybe you've caught yourself thinking in "if... then..." sentences? Those phrases are predestined to make you permanently miserable. Because they suggest that you have to achieve, create or experience something before you can be happy. Nonsense! Be grateful today for what you have already achieved, created and experienced. Do not wait for tomorrow! Your happiness lies not in the future, but in the here and now. According to Robert Betz, we humans have received three essential gifts for which we can feel grateful every day:
- Our great creative power
- Our infinite capacity for love
- The freedom of choice
The expert explains: "You always choose. Choose to live gratefully and think gratefully. I give thanks in advance in the morning for all the gifts of the new day and the opportunities to love. Make your thinking thank you. For giving thanks is an act of love."
Exercises for more gratitude
Have you noticed that only one letter changes in the words "think" and "thank"? Robert Betz: "The words are very similar. They have the same root. Just like the words "live" and "love". To live means to love. To think is to thank."
But how do you manage to become more grateful in everyday life? How do we succeed in appreciating and consciously enjoying the fact that we are allowed to live much more? We have some ideas - therefore you will find in the following lines our three best immediate tips with which you can lead your life in gratitude and thus contribute to your happiness within the shortest time.
3 Exercises of gratitude
- Write a gratitude list: What in your life are you grateful for? Write down at least 100 points for which you are grateful. These can be certain abilities ("I can think analytically") or states ("I am healthy and can get up every day without pain"). We are sure you can think of well over 100 points.
- Keep a gratitude journal: Every evening, write down what you received today and what you were grateful for that day. In this way, write a diary of gratitude for four weeks. In this way you will create a completely new awareness of all the small and big moments of happiness that you may experience every day.
- Share your gratitude: Gratitude also means to pass on the love you receive. Multiply it and carry it further into the world. Do something good for your loved ones or strangers, for example. Your smile will become bigger - and that of your fellow human beings, too.