Gratitude Benefits

Gratitude inspires you.
Gratitude nourishes the soul.
Gratitude makes others feel better.
Gratitude is easy, quick, and simple.
Gratitude puts you on a direct line to God.
Gratitude frees you from petty annoyances.
Gratitude attracts the right people into your life.
Gratitude raises your awareness of things around you.
Gratitude changes your view of so-called “bad” things.
Gratitude is an instant blues-breaker and stress-reliever.
Gratitude is like compound interest on money in the bank: the more you put in, the more you get out.
Gratitude is a spiritual act because it acknowledges that the origin of all good things is a source outside ourselves.
Gratitude stops you taking your life for granted and helps you realize how many good things you have in your life.
Gratitude puts your thoughts and feelings on a high vibration level that in turn attracts back to you more things to be grateful for.
Gratitude makes you feel better. In the words of an Arabian proverb, “The hand that gives the roses always keeps some of the scent.”


Make gratitude a habit with the workbook

The Gratitude Workbook | Gratitude Journal PDF

Tips for Purposeful Thought

  1. Let your thought be thank you.
  2. Focus on what we have rather than what we lack.
  3. Always think of your day as a beautiful and happy one.
  4. Think simple and do not over complicate. Overthinking is destructive.
  5. We are worthy to receive the best in life.
  6. Give attention to feeling good.
  7. Do not let insecurity affect your life, rather find solutions for them where you can
  8. Avoid negative people.
  9. Do not judge or compare.
  10. Do not fight circumstances beyond your control.
  11. There is nothing worth being frustrated or angry with.

Quotes about the power of purposeful thought

“One small positive thought in the morning can change your entire day.”

Deli Lama XIV

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old but building the new.”


“The hole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.”

Albert Einstein

“Nothing is good or bad, only thinking makes it so.”

William Shakespeare



“Believe that your life is worth living and you belief will help create this fact.”

William James

“Nothing binds you except your thoughts, nothing limits you except you fear , and nothing control you except your beliefs.”

Marianne Williamson

“It’s not the situation that is causing your stress, its your thoughts, and you can change that right here and now. You can choose to be peaceful right here and now. Peace is a choice and it has nothing to do with what other people think.”

Gerald G. Lampolsky (MD)


“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

Denise P. Kimbro


The Value of Gratitude

” Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die”


Proven ways to promote gratitude

See a negative situation in a new frame of mind

Surround yourself with positive influences

Speak up and express your thankfulness now

Identify negative thought patterns

Keep a gratitude journal. This cultivates a grateful heart



The Gratitude Prayer

The seeds of my happiness ‘today’ were planted ‘a year and a half ago.’

The seeds of my happiness ‘a year and a half from now’ are being planted ‘today.’

The Seed of Being Transcends What I am Seeing

As discontent Plays Its Way into Divine Countenance

Nothing to be counted

Water bucket is empty

Always filling with any

I Am flowing Reality

All I am…is Now

I smile because I am This Sunny Cosmos

I am so Grateful

I am so Blessed

Thank you. Thank you

How may I serve….?

Keith Matthew

Character Dimensions

In order to be a well-balanced individual we need to spread the focus of our lives across multiple facets of our personality. Naturally if we focus too much on one area then we will experience significant mental distress if that dimension falters. If our focus is spread across multiple dimensions we have a stronger foundation for our life and will not fall apart if one area does not meet our expectations


There are various different guidelines for physical health. Exercise has been shown to be more effective than any anti-depressant. The current guidelines to maintain your physical health and safeguard against dementia are 5 * 30/40 minute sessions a week of aerobic exercise and 2 sessions of strength training.


Spirituality is often confused with religion but the overarching notion of spirituality is that there is a life force in the universe that we can draw upon. In religion the universal force is God. Similar modalities are qi (energy in Chinese medicine) and reiki energy.

Although the number of practicing Christians in the UK is falling,  faith in God is actually beneficial to our health. Studies suggest that faith in God and heaven is an evolutionary advantage for sentient beings because it assuages our fear of death. An area of the brain linked to faith and religions belief has been identified and given the moniker of the ‘God Spot.’  Countless studies have also identified physiological benefits of individuals who pray or meditate. Studies have also shown that the is a statistically significant effect on the recovery of hospital patients who are prayed for.


Manage your spending so that your outgoings match your income.


Keep yourself challenged intellectually. Learning a new language is a good example as this will not only challenge you intellectually but bilingual indivuals



Do you have a plan for your career? Set yourself short, medium and long term goals. Goals and targets need to be SMART and re-assessed and evaluated on a regular basis


Quality of Life


Make an inventory of the personality traits, positive and negative. The following personality traits are taken from guidelines for recovery from addiction. These traits also apply to anyone recovering from a life crisis.


Life Vision

What is your vision for your life? Create a vision board. Review it regularly and add new pictures. You are more likely to manifest a vision that is clear and focused

Possible logos for my other website

Below are some logos for my other website called Creative and Life Mindfulness. Any comments and preferences welcome. My favourites are 2( the lotus flower) and 6 (person sitting in lotus position). At present I think I can use both of them if they use the same font for CALM. I may use the flower for creative activities and the person for life activities. I have tried to some font shadings on 6.

Understanding modes of Consciousness

A psychological researcher named Andrea Polard identified 2 modes of consciousness in which your brain can operate.She labelled these basic mode and supreme mode. The basic mode is our standard mode where we focus on goals, relationships and achievements. This helps establish priorities and structures our life. In terms of Paul Gilbert’s Three Circle model, this mode helps us to extend our consciousness to establish drive and enthusiasm. The supreme mode is simply being present. It counters the stress and worry of the basic mode in order to keep us in balance.

The basic mode is our natural evolutionary mode. As we have a natural instinct to overemphathize and protect against risk, the supreme mode of functioning must be consciously chosen and persistently practiced. It requires letting go and this can be very difficult for your basic mode to accept. The supreme mode offers many benefits. As a statistic we take in 11,000,000 pieces of information per second and only process 40 of them consciously. The other 10,999,960 pieces of information are used outside our conscious awareness. If we tap into our supreme mode of functioning we can gradually gain access to this unconscious information. It can help us avoid worry and stress and find innovative solutions.

A simple 3 step guide to tapping into the supreme mode is as follows:

Prime the Subconscious

Phrase the information or guidance you are looking for in the form if a question. For example, “What is the best way to solve problem x?” At this stage you can jot down what comes into your mind but then let it go and move on to step 2

Relaxing Your Analytical Mind

The three main techniques for relaxing the analytical mind are meditation, exercise and sleep. In all of these activities you are not focused on the issue you are trying to solve. In meditation you may be following your breathing which activates the non-linguistic parts of your brain so the thinking part recedes. Exercise naturally focuses on physical movement and when we sleep when we allow ourselves to drift into unconsciousness.

Noticing the Solutions

The final step is to notice the solutions that arise. It is important to be relaxed and paying attention for signs rather than rushing to grab them. It is important to consider anything you might normally regard as silly or random as they may lead you to a novel way of viewing things.  Sometimes you will notice things that have never caught your eye before. The key thing is to be mindfully aware of what you are noticing. Keeping notes of what you spot will be very insightful. Life is constantly feeding us information and being able to tap into the subconscious information helps us free ourselves from worry and stress.