I want to tell you about one of the gratitude exercises I have been carrying out over the last few weeks from my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”. The gratitude exercise is called “Gratitude Penny Jar”. The eBook explains the full process on how to do this, but basically, in summary, when you have carried out this daily gratitude exercise you will have a full jar of “Gratitude Pennies” at the end of it to give away.
I was so excited the other evening because my Gratitude Penny Jar was full to the brim and I knew exactly who I was giving the Gratitude Pennies to. So I enthusiastically emptied the jar onto my living room floor and counted out the Gratitude Pennies. Here are some photos below:
402 Things That I Was Grateful For
All in all I had collected 402 Gratitude Pennies, I felt so good because that equated to 402 things that I was grateful for in my life over the last few weeks and now I was going to give these Gratitude Pennies away to someone who needed them more than me.
At the beginning of this Gratitude Exercise I already knew who I would give my pennies to because I often passed this homeless lady on the streets of Glasgow City Centre, no matter what the weather, selling “The Big Issue” Magazine, which is sold by people who are homeless. I counted out exactly £8.50 in one pence and five pence coins and I bagged them up all nicely and noted the amount on the outside, see photo below:
The Gratitude Walk
I was so excited the next day as I headed into Glasgow City Centre for work, as I really wanted to give the older homeless lady the Gratitude Pennies. As I turned the corner towards the Street she normally sits, I could see her about 100 metres ahead….this was the best feeling ever and I am now going to call this experience here “The Gratitude Walk”. I honestly felt like I had a million pounds in my bag to give the lady and even though it was only £8.50, these were special pennies, because these were “Gratitude Pennies” and every gratitude thought was from me with always her in my mind.
Thank You Lady
I smiled as I approached the lady and I handed her the white bag with the pennies in it, she looked at me in surprise, opened the bag and…..well let’s just say I’ll never forget the look on her face, she was so happy, so grateful and so loving with it all. “Thank you lady, thank you lady”, she said, to which I gave her the biggest smile, touched her on the shoulder and wished her a good day. I immediately filled up with tears because I know that little amount of money would have made a big difference to that lady and the expression on her face said it all.
I had the best day that day, I felt so good and I paid my “Gratitude Pennies” forward to someone who needed them more than me……..there are no words to describe the feeling I felt……no words at all.
I want you to experience “The Gratitude Walk”, just like I did, and pay your “Gratitude Pennies” forward – not only will you feel amazing but the person you give them to will also feel so good.
It’s All About Gratitude
You can find out more about this Gratitude Exercise and other gratitude exercises, affirmations, poetry and quotations in my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude” which was published yesterday evening. Please click on the image below to access.
Please click on the link below or the eBook image above, if you are interested in purchasing the eBook. You will notice that the price of it is £8.50 – exactly the amount that was collected in my first“Gratitude Penny Jar” – yes, I’ve already started my next one!!
I am doing a lot of research for my new “It’s All About Gratitude” eBook on the scientific studies of the relationship between gratitude and happiness and I am wonderfully amazed by the findings. Below is a Greater Good Science Centre, www.greatergoodscience.org YouTube video of Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, in which she talks about one of those gratitude studies, “Count Your Blessings” – I am sure you will find it very interesting indeed.
My own preference is most definitely carrying out the practice of dailygratitude because I know this 100% works for me but everyone is different and as the study explains maybe doing this once a week is enough and will have a greater impact for you.
May today be a “Count Your Blessings” day today for you and may it bring you a deeper sense of happiness and contentment into your life. Love Clarabelle.
At the beginning of every month I pose a question for you to reflect upon and answer for yourself, I also provide you with my own answer to that question.
This month’s question links to the contents of my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”, coming soon!! The answers that are posted in the comments section of this blog post will contribute to a section within the eBook and I will also link this blog post to it. It means that if you do choose to comment, which I would really really love, then your comments will be linked and can be accessed by the readers of the eBook and hopefully they will also visit your own blog, I will certainly encourage them to do that.
So this month’s question relates to “Gratitude“, I bet you guessed that one already!! 🙂
What does the feeling of “Gratitude” feel like to you, i.e. how does “Gratitude” make you feel?
When I am truly grateful for anything I have in life, it makes me feel so wonderful, I feel happy inside, I feel inspired, I feel motivated, I feel energised, I feel at one with myself, I feel I want to help other people, I feel of real value, I feel in harmony and in balance.
Feeling grateful is such a beautiful feeling for me and sometimes words cannot nearly describe what it really feels like. Feeling grateful makes me feel like I am meant to be here, it connects me to my purpose in life and makes me want to take inspired action.
Gratitude makes my heart smile inside and it touches my soul……it’s a bit like feeling the feelings of love, true love. When I am grateful I feel connected to a higher purpose, I feel good, I feel loved, I feel so thankful for being alive, right now, in this very moment.
When I feel grateful I want to sing, I want to dance and I want to share my happy feelings with others.
I practice daily gratitude and this is why, because it makes me feel so so so so good.
I would really really love to know what it feels like for you?
As you know I am a massive fan of daily gratitude, it is such an important value to me, I just love the feeling of feeling grateful, it makes me feel so good…..and with my daily gratitude exercise, I feel happier and happier every day. I totally believe in the power of gratitude and that is why it has been a joy to me to write an eBook on Gratitude.
What Science Reveals About Daily Gratitude
In this YouTube video below, Jane Ransom, Coach/Speaker/Author/Professional Hypnotist, shares at a TEDxTalk some of the benefits of gratitude and what science reveals about the practice of daily gratitude.
Jane states, “When you practice gratitude correctly you tap into neuroplasticity , brain plasticity, that’s the discovery that we can restructure our physical brains by using our minds to create better brain cell connections. Today, neuroplasticity reveals how a consistent gratitude exercise works to physically remap the connections amongst our brains cells to literally reform the subconscious mind.”
Jane shares that she is living proof that daily gratitude works for her in her life and I am also living proof of that too……I honestly cannot say enough good things about the practice of daily gratitude and my eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude” will provide you with exercises on how to do that….coming soon!!
Below is an updated version of the YouTube video which relates to the eBook I am currently creating entitled “It’s All About Gratitude”. The eBook will be available to purchase on Amazon Kindle soon and the video shares extracts from the content of that eBook.
The backing track has been updated on this latest YouTube video. The backing track piano instrumental is from my original song “I Am Here” and I will be in the studio very soon recording it for my up and coming music Album, “The Becoming of Me”. The backing track you hear playing on this YouTube video was arranged and played by Denis Kilty, http://www.deniskilty.com and I am so grateful to Denis for arranging this piano backing track, he did such an amazing job.
I want you to be the first to know that I am in the middle of writing a book on gratitude, entitled “It’s All About Gratitude”. This is an eBook which you will be able to instantly download from Amazon. It will contain a variety of original poems (not already shared on this blog), affirmations, quotes, powerful questions and practical exercises for you to work through on the magic of gratitude. I am excited to have this eBook completed and this will be my fifth eBook to date….I am also currently collaborating with an Associate of mine on another eBook related to the subject of creative visualisation.
Gratitude is one of my core values, I practice it everyday in my life and I know I benefit so greatly from it. I want this eBook to encourage others to invite daily gratitude into their lives as I know it can be life changing for individuals.
Watch this space my dearest friends “It’s All About Gratitude” by Clarabellewill be released into the Universe soon for you to enjoy, if you wish,.
May your day today be filled with beautiful thoughts of gratitude, much love to you Clarabelle.
When my heart is touched with the gift of giving, I feel so abundantly grateful inside. Today my heart melts with happiness when a follower of this blog sent me such a beautiful message that has inspired the following gratitude prayer.
The gift of gratitude is so empowering and spreads the most loving energy out to the universe.
I thank you all for being here and more. May your day be filled with loving thoughts of gratitude and abundance. Much love and gratitude to you, Clarabelle.
Thank you for being present in my life.
Thank you for the abundance of love that surrounds me.
Thank you for the beautiful people I share my life with;
And thank you for the knowing that you are always there for me.
As I take each step on my journey of life;
I am grateful for all that I am and all that I am becoming.