Gratitude and Emotions for a More Peaceful Life

Emotions disrupt your peace in many ways, but you don’t have to let them. You can learn to process your thoughts, feelings, and emotions and release them in positive ways, so they don’t cause you stress and harm.

One of the best ways to improve your health and handle your emotions is by expressing your gratitude. Yes, really!

Ask yourself daily: What are you thankful for? Who matters in your life? Always remember that even when life may not be going as planned, there are still many things to be grateful for.

Give Your Gratitude Away

We all have people that we appreciate, and are deeply thankful to have in our lives. We just assume that they already know how much we appreciate them and how much they mean to us, but that is not always the case. In fact, it’s probably the exception to the rule. Take time to tell them you appreciate them. Tell them in person, or share it in an email, voice message, or a text.

When you tell someone in person, sometimes it may feel awkward, but don’t back down. Let them know even though they may say it’s no big deal. Once they realize you mean it, then watch for the smile. Be sure to smile back – when you smile back, laugh, and even share tears of joy and love, it helps your heart, mind, and body thrive. It releases a flood of chemicals that your body just loves. It’s a “feel-good” thing to do. That’s true for both you and the receiver of your gratitude.

If you sent a text, left a message, or sent an email you don’t always get to see the reaction. You may or may not get a response but that’s okay. Visualize the person receiving your gratitude, and smile.

Maybe you’re grateful for something you have, as opposed to a person. Did you ever think about sending a thankful message to the company that makes the products you love? They probably hear all about customer complaints, but how much gratitude do they get for the work they’ve done to make lives better or more convenient? Give them some of your gratitude and you’ll spread joy all around!

Ways to Show Your Gratitude

Showing gratitude is something you can do quite easily and all it costs you is a little bit of time and effort.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

* Tell your loved ones you care for them.

* Thank the people who work hard in the stores every day.

* Hug a friend who’s hurting.

* Smile at a stranger.

* Write to a company whose product or service you really love.

* Make time to listen to someone who needs to talk.

* Spend some time out in nature, appreciating the beauty of creation.

* Volunteer your services or help someone in need.

Make it a daily practice to show your gratitude for being alive by treating others well and being kind to yourself. Practice random acts of kindness. Relax and take time to unwind at the end of the day. Self care is a form of self gratitude and is very important. Take good care of yourself and you’ll be happier and healthier because of it.

Focus on What Really Matters

Have you ever noticed that the people who are most unhappy with their circumstances feel they don’t have enough money, a big house, or the ultimate car. These things are nice, but in the grand scheme of things, they don’t really matter. Find gratitude with what you have here and now.

Appreciate the present. Put it in perspective – when your time is almost over and you find yourself on your deathbed, will you care whether or not you had that red Ferrari? Or will you be treasuring the time with your loved ones?

Connect with what really matters by being grateful for all you’ve been given.

The Emotion Code

Another valuable tool in my peaceful life toolbox is the Emotion Code. The Emotion Code, developed by Dr. Bradley Nelson, uses a form of energy work where we identify and correct imbalances that cause physical and emotional issues for people. These imbalances are sometimes referred to as “trapped emotions” or “emotional baggage.”

Just about everyone has some amount of emotional baggage from painful life events. Emotional baggage is very real, and although it’s invisible it can easily disrupt your happiness, your success and your health. It’s like lugging around a suitcase from every difficult event you’ve gone through – eventually the load gets too heavy not to notice. Each item in the “suitcase” is a Trapped Emotion – a bit of emotional energy that was created or absorbed, by you, during an emotional event, that then got stuck in your body somewhere.

These trapped emotions can cause physical pain, emotional distress, and make you more susceptible to infections, toxins, nutritional deficiencies and structural imbalances. Many people seek medical help only to be told there is nothing wrong, or it is all in their head. Finding relief may seem impossible over time.

The good news in all this is that you don’t have to carry around this baggage the rest of your life. If you want to be rid of this emotional baggage, I highly recommend reading Dr. Bradley Nelson’s book “The Emotion Code,” available on Amazon and at many other locations. After you read the book, if you have questions or want more information feel free to reach out to me. I’m a certified practitioner and would be happy to help you in any way I can.


Emotions can be difficult, but they can be managed. Using gratitude not only improves your life, but also the lives of who you share it with. If you need help with past emotions, the Emotion Code is a great option. It can help you get rid of all that emotional baggage without having to relive it. Please share your thoughts in the comments and don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be of service.

Find your purpose – find your joy!


6 thoughts on “Gratitude and Emotions for a More Peaceful Life”

  1. Gratitude is such an important aspect of our lives. And when we have our cup overflowing, showing gratitude makes perfect sense. The problem is when we are needy ourselves, how can we show gratitude. And I think the key element is to see the reasons why any human being can be grateful. There is one and only ethernal reason.

    • We all have something to be thankful for, even when needy. Clean air to breathe, a smile, knowing things will be okay – these are all free. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 

  2. I very much agree with you and everything written. Every day we have many reasons for which we can all be grateful. And the more we have a positive approach to life, the better it is and more and more beautiful things happen to us. If only we could focus on positivity.
    Thanks for presenting The Emotion Code, very interesting to read.
    And thank you for all the ideas on how we can show our gratitude. 

    Such articles are very inspiring, I was happy to read Gratitude and Emotions for a More Peaceful Life.
    I wish you all the best

    • Thank you, Nina, for your comments. I agree we need to focus on positivity more. It makes such a difference in our life and in the lives around us. 

  3. I agree with your mentoring in the positive way of handling our emotions.  It is like the song phrase ” trading your sorrows for joy”

    You have explicitly discussed how we can be trapped with our emotions. Thanks for showing that. Sometimes people may just feel depressed, not really realizing where they are coming from. Your article will lead people to understand why they are acting in such ways.

    In my case, aside from what you have mentioned, my efficiency and productivity declines, may they be simple household chores ( even the taste or appearance of what I a m cooking dictates my emotional status) or office related work (unmet goals or poor results). Trapped emotions starts affecting small things and with a domino motion to touched more important matters in your life.

    It is true, we really need gratitude in our life. 

    My way, I first appreciated what I have- it’s contentment , acceptance and learning how to manage that I own. Then I thank God daily a for the protection and provision, day and night; ask for wisdom and direction for a fruitful day; and fill myself with never ending hope and trust.

    The gratitude moves will naturally and automatically extend although may only be to those close to you. You have listed bright good ideas to expand this gratitude. Thanks.

    • Hi Rose – thank your so much your thoughtful reply. I especially liked what you said here – “Trapped emotions starts affecting small things and with a domino motion to touched more important matters in your life.” That is so true. Gratitude also has a domino effect – in a positive way!


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