Somewhere in the world right now, a surly uncle at a family BBQ is waving his finger screaming…
“You ungrateful little s***!”
And you know what? He’s probably right.
In fact, he’d likely still be right if he waved that finger at you or anyone you know. That’s not an admonishment. It’s just that most people nowadays wouldn’t know gratitude if it bit them in the gluteus assimus.
Got a roof over your head?
Food in the fridge?
Shirt on your back?
Shoes on your feet?
If you have any of those things (and I’ll go out on a real shaky limb here and say that you do), then congratulations! You’re among some of the most fortunate people on the planet.
But that’s not something you think about often, is it?
Why would it be?
In a society built around competition and consumerism, practicing gratitude is more difficult than ever. How the heck are you supposed to feel grateful if EVERY message you see and hear tells you you’re lacking and need to strive for more?
It’s obvious the cards are stacked against you.
But guess what?
Being grateful doesn’t have to be quite so… difficult.
In fact, it can be downright easy if you follow a simple recipe.
A recipe Nana Manifest taught me many moons ago.
Step into my kitchen and I’ll share it with you.
First, make a list of things you’re grateful for. Friends, family, green grass, sunshine, whatever. It doesn’t have to be exhaustive. These are going to be your ‘ingredients.’
Next, imagine putting all these ingredients inside a Ziploc bag. Shake it up. Let the flavors get to know each other. This is going to be your ‘gratitude marinade.’
Now, the most important part.
Imagine yourself getting into the marinade to soak everything up. Maybe 5 minutes at first. Acknowledge each ingredient and thank it for being part of your recipe. Your goal here is to express as much appreciation as possible.
Then, when you get out of the marinade, you’ll be feeling more invigorated (and dare I say delicious?) than ever before.
You can do this whenever you want, and I’d suggest you do it at least once per day. It’s the single most effective way to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
So whip it up, and whip it good — then soak up your Gratitude Marinade as long (and as often) as you can.
And when you’re ready 👇👇