Gratitude brings you right to the here and now, to what you have right now and incites an emotion of well-being in this moment. Given that we spend a whole lot of time worrying about “stuff” that may or may not happen in the future, planning for a future, often oblivious to what’s happening right now, and being driven by fear, anger, sadness, and cynicism based on past experiences I’m sure you can imagine the power of gratitude on our psyche and therefore our success in getting through the day with a smile on our faces and a glimmer of hope in our eyes… yes I went with that cliché line, you chuckled, no?
Yup, there will always be stuff happening in your life that sucks in some realm or another, but be grateful for the good stuff and rather than focus on, lament, and avoid the “suckiness”, deal with it so that you can put it in the past and chalk it up to life experience.
This was one of the most life-changing activities I’ve done and brought greater joy to the everyday grind, which became “un-grindy”. It really began to change my perspective of the world, and millions, yeah, millions of people attest to the power of this exercise. It’s pretty uplifting and actually hard to remain depressed if you take inventory of the goodness. So here I challenge you:
Write down 3 things you are grateful for every day. Aim for the rest of 2014. Yes, it’s a gratitude journal. You’re only committing to a month and a week of this, you can stop it after that if you find it to be a waste, but give it a solid commitment! Actually give anything you do a solid commitment, in our instant gratification society most people don’t put in the commitment required to see the results they seek in most endeavours, that is to say most of us are quitters. Depressing! Don’t be one of them! I digress.
It can be detailed, but point form is ok to get you started. You can do it as the day goes along, or at a set point in the day. I like to do it just before picking up my book at bed time, but you might find you remember best at another time.
If you’re not quite ready to commit yet that’s ok, it does however get you off to a great start for the New Year (resolution-wise you’ll be in an excellent mindset), so figured I‘d challenge you to start ahead of the game. But if you want to see some little changes here and there, you can even try reframing for gratitude: When you find yourself complaining, out loud or in your head, interrupt it with something to be grateful about in that situation or moment. If it’s something you don’t realize until later, then reframe it later. Just do your best to find what’s wonderful in your life and you will find life wonderful… and then you can start to believe in your potential for awesomeness and success in all realms, but that’s another blog post altogether. Perhaps something for the New Year?
I am so grateful and thankful for you. Yes, you: my clients, blog readers, and friends, everyone who reads this post. I love that I can share my knowledge, experience, and facts with you, help you to further create your awesomeness, and that you all take the time to read it. I’m also grateful and thankful for bunnies and excellent time with family. That’s my 3, now it’s your turn, and feel free to share in the comments!
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