The power of gratitude.
“Be thankful of what you have. No matter how bad you may think it is, your life is someone else’s fairytale”. Even as I’m writing this, I’m finding myself wishing I had someone else’s life. ‘Oh look! That person walking by seems to have it all’. It’s not that there is anything wrong with my life, it just the grass always looks greener.
One of the most powerful & simplest thing we can do each day is practice gratitude.
It can help you:
- Live a fulfilled & happy life, daily
- Lift your mood & boost motivation quickly
- More time to focus on what makes you really happy
- Inspire others
1. Stop comparing
More often than not we look at someone “who has it all’ & wish that was me. ‘Gosh it must be so easy to be them’… Chances are they’re looking at you and thinking the same thing anyway. The grass will always be greener until you take the time to look down.
But what happens when the person you’ve been comparing too isn’t actually so perfect?
When your perfect person bursts their perfect bubble have you ever noticed that the comparing doesn’t stop there? For me, there’s a brief second where I think, “They aren’t perfect… I’m okay with who I am.” But that lasts about a second before my mind starts looking for the next person to place onto a pedestal.
2. It’s an insider job
You’re rarely going to find something outside of yourself that will provide you with long term happiness. You can rewire your brain to be happy by simply recalling 3 things you are grateful for daily. Taking your life for granted is simply a bad habit. When you notice yourself comparing to someone ask:
- What are three qualities in myself that I am grateful for?
- Who are three people in my life right now that I am grateful for?
Don’t be worried if you can’t remember 3 things daily. The number isn’t important, simply remember.
3. Find the small things
“When you look back on life, it’s the small things you’ll remember”. Life isn’t made up of one huge event proceeded or followed by another. Think about it. Life happens in the small moments that can seem so insignificant & ‘normal’ that we often overlook them. Gratitude is very much like this.
- What is one tiny thing I can be grateful for today?
- What is something small I can be grateful for that I usually take for granted?
4. Make it a habit you’re proud to call a habit
The best way to begin a gratitude practice is to make it a part of your routine. I’ve found it’s most effective to practice early in the morning or late at night.
- Take 1-2 minutes before you begin your day to remind yourself of 3 small things you wake up grateful for
- Set aside 2 minutes in the evening to write them down. It makes you more likely to remember them
Tell those people in your life why you’re grateful for them. Chances are they have no idea.
- Call, email, text, viber, just do it!
How good does it make you feel when someone says something nice to you or about you. How easy it is to share that feeling with others? The best part, they’ll most probably be inspired to do the same. Warm fuzzy feelings all round. Don’t underestimate the power of a kind word.
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