Practical wisdom about dating, courtship, and relationships to improve your love life.
Gratitude is magical. It has the power to transform your love life. When your heart is open, you have more meaningful connections with dates and partners, you think positively and feel good about yourself, and enjoy the ups and downs of your love life more. Opening your heart to gratitude lets you come from a place of abundance, helping you attract the kind of love you desire and deserve.
What gratitude looks like
When you’re grateful for your relationship, you’re focusing on the positive aspects of your partner and relationship, accepting of your and your partner’s quirky traits, are satisfied with what you have and are settling for more.
If you’re single, grateful and would like to be in a healthy relationship, you’re happy with your own life while taking action to attract love, selective with who you share yourself with and doing the inner work to prepare yourself for the right relationship.
Why it's difficult to open your heart
Being human makes it challenging to open our hearts to gratitude; we tend to get caught up in the cycle of unhealthy thoughts. These types of thoughts result in the following:
Thinking “I’m not enough”
Comparing your mate and relationship to others
Inability to be present to and accept what is
Having a “lack of” mentality
Never being satisfied
Striving, striving, striving
Trying to control your mate
Trying to control the outcome
Needing to be right
Blaming your mate
Wanting to change your partner
Having a closed mind to your partner’s perspectives
Feeling disconnected to yourself
Seeing yourself as separate from others
Putting your focus on work and not on love
Perfection and not embracing your humanity
Taking love too seriously and not enjoying the journey
Wishing your love life were different
Judging yourself and your partner
Not enough time “just being” (too busy doing)
How to open your heart
Whether you’re in a good place, losing hope, skeptical or jaded, these practices will open your heart.
See the gifts in challenging situations
Look for the good in life and others
Be kind to yourself and others
Spent time in nature
Indulge your senses
Feel into your emotions
Connect with supportive family and friends
Help someone in need
Spend time with and around children
Enjoy your own company
Write a heartfelt letter to yourself
Play more and work less
Create an emotionally-compelling mantra
Discover and live your passions
Make time for you
Visualize love pouring all over you and through your heart
Communicate kindly (i.e. Say, “I feel differently.” instead of “You’re wrong.”)
When your heart is opening up, you’ll begin to feel expanded, lighter, joyful, inspired and full of possibilities. Which ones will you practice to open your heart to gratitude?
Related Article: How to Cultivate Gratitude After a Broken Heart
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