“Life is too short”. How many of us have heard that before? How many of us consider this during our everyday lives? We’re not always able to do everything we want or get everything we want because life has other plans for us and sometimes we can feel negative.
In recent weeks, either myself or someone I know has experienced the loss of an aunt, sibling, grandparent or friend. It gives you a renewed sense of being thankful for what we do have and how precious time is. Although, we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can choose how we respond to the hard times.
I saw the idea of a Gratitude Journal earlier this month, following the ‘new year, new me’ posts on media and in advertising. The idea coincided with new year goal setting, intentions and resolutions but in fact, your positive attitude to gratitude can be started at any time.
The idea is that you aim to note 3 things each day that you are thankful for. You might be feeling more philosophical about life or you might just feel like increasing your positivity, either way why not make a note of it?
- I’m grateful for my partner because he made me a cuppa tea & brought it to me in bed
- I’m grateful for my friend because she turned up unannounced with biscuits!
- I’m grateful for a relaxing bath and some ‘me time’ because I’ve been busy with work
Attitude to Gratitude – 3 Easy Steps
1. Write it down – tap notes into your phone for convenience, jot it in your diary, write it in your pretty notebook, scribble it on a post it note at work or text 3 things to a friend!
2. Be specific – use ‘because’ to say why you are thankful. It helps to identify the reason for your appreciation
3. Vary the gratitude – was it a friend, colleague or stranger who showed kindness? Are you thankful for a service, a company or an invention?
e.g. ‘I am thankful for straighteners because they sorted out the nest on my head today’.
Hopefully, you are already reflecting on your day, week or month and contemplating what you are grateful for. It could be something more profound such as being thankful for your health, down to being thankful for that glass of wine at the end of a hard day. However, trivial you think something is, write it down anyway!
In my experience, taking time to remember and reflect on your gratitude can help encourage more positivity in your life. Why not give it a try?
Let me know how you get on!
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