Today I want to talk about gratefulness.
Gratefulness is about appreciating the good things in our lives. Starting our day by thinking about all the things we have to be grateful for is a great way to set the tone. Practicing gratefulness makes us focus on all the good and pleasant things in our lives and that, in turn, improves our overall happiness.
In other words, spending a few minutes early in the morning thinking about what we are grateful for, can improve our mood and our feeling of being happy for the entire day. That’s something well worth perusing and you don’t have to spend a lot of time on it. Some people prefer to write their gratitude lists in the evening before they go to bed. Choose what works for you. I prefer to do mine in the morning before starting my day.
As you are waking up, or while you’re sitting at your kitchen table sipping your first cup of coffee, think about all the things and people you are thankful and grateful for. Focus your mind on anything positive that has happened the day before, or that you anticipate happening today.
Being grateful doesn’t mean you have to find the great big things that happened. Sometimes it’s the smallest of things. For example, I wake up grateful that I have a warm and comfortable bed to sleep in. Think about the people in your life that you are grateful for including your parents, grandparents, spouse or significant other, children, friends, colleagues, a boss that gives you a job. Try to find something good about all the people in your life.
Another option is to just look around you. Look at your sunny kitchen, or the trees and birds that you can see outside your window. No matter what your living situation is right now, I’m sure you can think of things about it you are grateful for, even if it isn’t your ideal living space.v
Make this grateful exercise part of daily ritual. Focusing on it, and practicing it at roughly the same time each day, and if possible, in a similar setting, will help you form a habit. And that’s the goal for the long run. You want to be able to practice being grateful effortlessly and without having to think about it. Getting to that point alone will have a huge impact on how happy and content you feel from here on out. Give it a try for a few weeks and take note of how your mental outlook changes by simply adding this little exercise of gratitude to your day.
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