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The Gratitude Diet - A Thanksgiving Technique

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Here is a simple procedure with profound potential by Carol Tuttle. Carol is an EFT Practitioner, best-selling author and successful speaker.

By Carol Tuttle

Gratitude is one of the highest states of emotion we can experience. In the United States we will soon be celebrating Thanksgiving, This Holiday reminds us to practice gratitude in our thoughts and expressions. 8 years ago our family started a tradition to write in a Gratitude Journal. Every Thanksgiving, as a family, we get out our Gratitude Journal and write 1,000 things for which we are grateful. We number from 1 to 1,000, leave it on the kitchen counter with a pen, and family members and friends are invited to write in it as often as they would like. It usually takes us between ten days to 2 weeks to get to 1,000.

Last year I added a new practice to include with our gratitude journal. Every day starting the week before Thanksgiving I tap on statements of thanksgiving and gratitude. I choose to tap on 25 different statements a day using the EFT shortcut method.

I also invited my clients to practice this as well. I was amazed at the benefits they reported, so since then I have consistently incorporated more and more positive statements in my EFT protocol as I teach my clients how to process with positives. I was especially amazed at the results of one client, Claire.

Claire, a woman I had been seeing for about 2 months, was still reporting a lack of success. Her complaints included:

"It doesn't seem to be working for me. I don't feel any better. I get tired of saying so many negatives."

Claire was very practiced in coming to her weekly sessions, reporting how hard her week had been, what went wrong, and how bad she still felt. I told her two weeks before Thanksgiving that I was going to put her on a gratitude diet. She had a mental and emotional habit of focusing on the negative and unpleasant in her life and we needed to teach her brain to start seeing and feeling the blessings of her life. I asked her to start a gratitude journal 10 days before Thanksgiving. She agreed to write 25 things a day that she was grateful for, and to then tap on them.

She had such a tremendous shift in her moods and thinking, that she continued her gratitude diet for the rest of the year.

She shared with me, "I began to realize how hard it was for me to focus on the positives of my life. I had to really make an effort the first few days to make my brain come up with them. I began to notice that the aspects of my life I was unhappy about were in the minority, and the positives were all over the place. I used to wake up feeling miserable anticipating another day of drudgery. Now I wake up feeling a sense of peace and thanks for all the good that is in my life. I have noticed that my life is getting better and the answers are coming and problems are being resolved."

The following 15 gratitude statements can help you get started on your gratitude diet. These statements are very general, so add to them with very specific statements that are personal to your life. Use the following gratitude statements while tapping on the seven consecutive points of the EFT shortcut--(1) Eyebrow(EB), (2) Side of Eye (SE), (3) Under Eye (UE), (4) Under Nose (UN), (5) Chin (CH), (6) Collarbone (CB), (7) Under Arm (UA), and (8) Top of Head (H)-- while repeating the following:

1. I am grateful for my life
2. I am grateful for all my experiences and what they have taught me
3. I am grateful for my ability to choose how I respond to my life
4. I am grateful for the opportunity to change
5. I am grateful for my loved ones
6. I am grateful for this amazing planet and all the richness it offers me
7. I am grateful for my freedom
8. I am grateful that I can change the way I feel
9. I am grateful for all the blessings I have received
10. I am grateful for EFT
11. I am grateful that I am never alone
12. I am grateful that God is watching out for me
13. I am grateful for all I have learned this year
14. I am grateful for all the answers and help that has been given to me
15. I am grateful I am finding answers and resources and that I am free to change and grow

Using EFT to process with positives will support you in allowing more blame, anger, resentment, frustration, and all other negative beliefs and emotions to melt away. It is important to feed the energy of gratitude within you. If you are feeling stuck use more statements of gratitude to get your positive emotions moving again. Put yourself on a gratitude diet this holiday season and watch your world start to shift for the better.

GC COMMENT: Tapping on the positives, as Carol suggests, often provides good results even though the EFT procedures ask you to tap on the negatives. The theory behind this is that positive statements bring up, in a subtle way, some opposing negative "yes buts" or "tail enders" (as they are called in the Palace of Possibilities). EFT tends to collapse these negative items, thereby paving the way for the positive to take hold.

CAROL CONTINUES: Teach yourself to appreciate everything. Express gratitude for every single moment of your life. The more you create feelings of appreciation and gratitude, the more you will attract into your life that which you can appreciate and for which you can feel gratitude for.

Carol Tuttle


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