Gratitude is the most powerful way I know of being able to make a positive change to anybody’s mindset. Practising gratitude is something that anybody can do and research shows time and time again that people who do practice it are happier, healthier, more resilient and more successful.
Practising gratitude is more than just saying please and thank you for things, practising it means making a commitment to start to focus upon all that is good in your life – even and especially if things are bad.
When you start practising gratitude it can feel difficult and challenging, you may hear yourself say “this won't work for me” or “there is nothing to be grateful for” that kind of resistance is a clear indication that you definitely need to practice it. Within a week of practising gratitude you will begin to notice that resistance drop and your once negative mind begin to become aware of the good things around you. It is a simple tool to enable you to train your brain to see the good within any situation.
Practising gratitude is simple:
Get a notebook and pen to keep as your gratitude journal
Every evening write down 3 things you are specifically grateful for (specific is important, the more you focus upon making it specific to the day, the more you will have an emotional connection to the thing you are grateful for)
Keep doing this for at least 21 days to notice the biggest impact
Some important notes on gratitude:
The more specific you can be, the better. Instead of saying “I am grateful for my children” think of a specific reason that day for example “I am grateful that my children ate all the dinner today”
The things you are grateful for do not have to be huge, they can be things like having a good cup of tea, noticing some flowers, someone holding a door open for you etc.
On those really difficult days, gratitude can become your saviour. For example, you may have had an awful day but instead of becoming so overwhelmed with that you will notice yourself thinking “I am so grateful for that doctor” or “I am grateful that person helped me” etc
Out of all the tools and techniques I teach, this is my favourite one because it is so simple and yet has such a profound effect.
So, what are you grateful for today?