There are many benefits of a gratitude practice:
1. Increased physical health
2. Better mental health due to a shift from negative to positive thinking
3. Goal attainment
4. Better attitude
5. Less envy and jealousy
6. Increased willingness to be helpful to others
7. Dissolves compulsive wanting
A gratitude practice brings contentment and has also been known to attract good fortune and success to flow our way. We could be happy and grateful for what we have right now. Happiness does not depend on outside circumstances, like new clothes, a car or bigger bank account. We can change our thinking to: “I am happy with what I already have. I have so much to be grateful for.” True abundance begins with the thoughts we choose for ourselves. Actor Jim Carrey said, “I wish everyone could get rich and famous and have everything they ever dreamed of, so they could see that it is not the answer.” The answer is within. That is why meditation is a perfect gratitude practice.
Next time we are meditating with our eyes closed and in a relaxed state of mind, we can imagine that we have the life of a billionaire with every material wish we have ever dreamed of already acquired. Having everything we could possibly pay for, what in our life would we value the most? It would be the same things we value now. People and experiences are the most priceless and valuable part of our life right now and always will be. Together, we can explore the richest parts of our fortunate existence.