“Gratitude turns what we have into enough”
Gratitude is infectious
Learning to be (more) grateful may well improve your –
- Relationships (and open the door to new ones)
- Physical health
- Psychological health
- Empathy skills and reduce aggression
- Self esteem and reduces stress
Include gratefulness exercises in your meditation or morning practices.
Keep a journal and write down three things you are grateful for each day… or just take a few moments each day to focus on being happy with what you have. To help you focus, try these –
- An old relationship
- An opportunity
- Something great you have seen or done
- Something simple – your reflection, a plant, the sun…
- Family orientated
- Work orientated – customers, colleagues, bosses, vendors…
Step it up a notch: Find traits, actions and achievements within yourself to be grateful for
- Close your eyes and imagine someone you love – its needs to be someone you are very close to such as a partner, child or parent.
- Now feel how you feel about that person – I mean really feel – experience the love and affection, what would you do for them?
- Next, in your mind wrap a bubble around you and the other person and fill it with that emotion.
- Add people to the bubble… it can be other family members, friends or colleagues. Or start from where you are sitting and add people as you expand out from your location.
- Keep adding people to the bubble until you can go no further…
Its amazing what happens during the day when you remember the bubble and everyone in it
Take it up a notch: You may want to try adding people that frustrate, annoy or are even rude or against you