Often we find ourselves focusing on the negative rather than the positive, we ruminate on what is going wrong, instead of what is going right. We have times where we feel sorry for ourselves and feel as if the world simply isn’t on our side. In light of this we forget to count our blessings each day. After a few moments reflecting, we start to see moments of glimmer. What about the person who smiled at you when you were feeling stressed, the kind person who opened the door for you when you were in a hurry, or the nice man that helped you pick up the papers that fell out of your hand. See things are not that bad after all!
While we often focus on the bad parts of our day, we let these negatives shadow the good cloud our positive thoughts. Practising gratitude each day is vital to our health and wellbeing. It allows us to be more alert, think about what is going right instead of what is going wrong, gives us a sense of satisfaction as well as reminds us of things we ought to be grateful for each day, reminding us of what really matters.
Gratitude is something I try to practise each day, by doing this I have found my mind is more focused on the positive and I don’t tend to sweat the small stuff as much. I want you all to join me in adopting my little gratitude challenge into your life and really make it your mission to do at least one of these simple steps:
- Each day write down three things for which you are thankful for
Keep a gratitude journal or if your not into that kind of thing, write it down on a spare piece of paper. what you write can be moments, people, things. At the end of each week have a quick look over your lists and see what is going right in your life.
- Aim to be kind to everyone you meet, thank and smile at least one person each day
I believe that the best way to uplift yourself is simply by uplifting others. We meet so many people each day, we do not know what is going on in these people’s lives, if they are having a bad day or a good day, if they are struggling or going through a hard time. So treat everyone with kindness, give them a simple smile or say a simple thank you, trust me you would be surprised how much this can impact someones day.
- Write a weekly reflection of what you have accomplished in your personal and professional life
I feel this is important to do, as it reminds us of our achievements, allows us to see if we have met goals we have set as well as giving us guidance in to what our next goals will be. Congratulate yourself for putting your needs as a priority in your life. This ables us to focus on the positives rather than the negatives and give us a sense of achievement in life.
- Remind people each day how important they are and how grateful you are to have them in your life
Wether it be a stranger, friend, family member, partner, whoever, remind them of how important they are to you. Send them a short message and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life or say it to them when you next meet.
I challenge YOU! Ready.. Set.. GO…