You already know it’s good. It’s healthy. It’s important.
But unless you make an effort to practice gratitude, you won’t be transformed by it.
At my core I’m pretty optimistic and fairly reasonable. When I hear myself complain about false problems (“I hate that I’m so busy! I have social engagements every night this week!”), I’m usually able to snap out of it and remember that this is a
good problem not a problem.
But there have only been three seasons in my life when I specifically remember making a daily effort to be thankful. More than just a quick “thakya” prayer. Each time I’ve engaged in an “attitude of gratitude”, I’ve been changed by it. My perspective shifts on nearly everything. I’m less likely to compromise or get stuck. I dream bigger and my mind doesn’t have time to think about the worst case scenario—I’m too busy dreaming about what’s to come. I see things with a new lens.
Last time I was in this habit, I spent my five minute drive to and from the office with music off and just saying what I was thankful for.
Now I meditate for 10 minutes. Either in complete stillness, just focusing on my breath. Or I time it for five minutes of gratitude and five minute of dreaming. That’s it! Only a few minutes! I also have a journal dedicated to writing down 10 things I’m thankful for, as well as 10 new ideas every day. I’ve been doing it more and more when I drive (not the journal part, the one before that) because wherever I am, it’s the happiest I can be.
Check out this short video on the Happiness Project. I watched it five days ago and I still think about it every day.
I hope you have a jolly day, full of hugs, smiles and good laughs. I’m glad you’re here.