Gratitude isn’t something that is just related to the end of the year, when we can often turn our minds to what we have achieved, what we haven’t achieved. It’s a habit that can be finessed and adopted as part of a healthy mind set. Here are some tips on how you can start to feel happier, more content and move towards greater success with an ‘attitude to gratitude.’
I know this can be tough, especially when are going through challenging times, I’ve been there, but really consciously making an effort to be thankful and grateful starts to build the foundations of an enduring, healthy mind set.
Make a note of it
Whether it’s on your phone, a note pad, or wherever it is – everyday think of five things you are grateful for in your life. It can be anything. I assume by reading this you are breathing – so start there if you want. Try and write these down each day, every day. You will find that you activate a mind set that when you notice what you are grateful for, you will notice even more things you are grateful for. It’s like water a plant –it grows.
Say thank you
Wherever you can, say thank you to people. I have found, as have many of my clients, that one way to help you to feel better, is to help others feel better. And very often that can be with a simple thank you. Sometimes, in our busy lives, that is enough to create a small moment of peace and connection, and it’s often those smallest moments that can create happy feelings for us. Again, once you start doing this, you will notice more to be thankful for.
Get into the appreciation zone
Often, we rush about and don’t notice the smaller things in life. Hard to do when you are stuck in a traffic jam on the way to work. Try and notice the small things along the way – the sun, the rain, the blue sky, a pleasant view, a comfortable office, the fresh air. Try it, just notice these things to yourself as you go about your day. Be open to the good things in life.
Remember, whatever is going on for you right now – there is always something to be grateful for. Start there, and take small steps to create a healthy, balanced and more optimistic mind set. For more information on Mind set and Mind set tools, visit my web site and download my free MindNav™ guide.