In a time when technology is thriving and we want everything yesterday, it’s good to stop and appreciate what we already have and practice being grateful. A practice in gratitude not only opens up your mind to let more positive thoughts and feelings in, but will also have an energetic effect on your health. Each day I wake, I think I’m happy to be alive and so grateful to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge and a journey of discovery ahead of me. I try to take notice of everything around me no matter how insignificant, silently thanking the rude people I encounter for teaching a valuable lesson in tolerance. I constantly remind myself to live in the moment and be grateful to be living in such a vibrant city (a hard task when my brain wants to think about a million things at once). I have so much to be grateful for in my life and the more I feel this the less drama and negative people I come across.
Two months back I quit my job to focus on projects like this blog, as it means something to me. I was stuck in the rat race of life and felt like a robot doing the same autonomous thing everyday, I felt stuck (sound familiar?). Quitting my job was not an easy decision to make, but it was the right thing for me to do, now I face each day each with new opportunities and I feel so grateful to be living the life I do. Being grateful has taught me valuable life lessons and has enriched my life. I would like to now pass this practice onto you, so it can enrich yours too.
How to practice being grateful
- Take 5mins before you drift off to sleep. Think about the top 5 things in your day that you are grateful for (it could be as simple as having a bed to sleep in or getting an unexpected hug). If you really want to feel the effects more quickly start a gratitude journal and list the things you are grateful for each day. Seeing and thinking these positive moments before bed will set your brain into the right mode before sleep.
- Stick with it! This is harder than you think, but once you do it constantly, you start to feel the benefits. In the beginning I used to have bad days when I didn’t feel very grateful, more annoyed, frustrated and unmotivated. On these days it’s more important to write in your journal and maybe be grateful for things you take for granted, like being able to afford food, shelter, family and friends.
- Actually feel it. For everything you are thinking you are grateful for feel it in your bones and visualise this happy hum in every cell of your body. It’s too easy to write/think a list up and not embody the feeling of it.
- You’re only human. If you’re having a really bad day and don’t time to make a list, just think of one thing and feel it. Remember tomorrow is a new day and in that moment all that matters is that you’re alive and have the power to change your world.
- Practice in the moment gratitude. As you go about your day try to take note about what is going on around you and not what’s happening on your mobile (a hard one for most of us I know). Stop worrying about what you have to do in the next few hours, you’re smarter than you think and already know what you have to do. If people are nice to you, take a moment to be grateful that they are, feel it, show it and appreciate it.
- Enjoy it. It’s not a chore it’s something you are doing for you, these moments that are something special just for you, so enjoy the time and positive thinking you are doing for yourself.
If we all did this the world would be a more happier place, so why not join me and change your corner of it? Enrich your life and those around you. Oh and one final point I need to make is ~ this doesn’t cost a thing.