It’s so easy to just drift through life.
I have met a few people who haven’t yet found their purpose (who also happily admit it themselves) and they can’t quite articulate what makes them happy. That can be hard sometimes as everyone starts thinking of the big stuff like having a brand new house but what about the smaller and sometimes more important stuff, the things which define who you are? For example taking a bubble bath, having that first cup of coffee of the day, eating popcorn at the movies…see where I’m coming from?
From the moment I wake up I like to smile, chat (sometimes at the annoyance of others) feel excited about what the day is going to bring and get that kettle on for my first cuppa of the day. Today was no exception and being a scorcher of a day certainly helped as I love going to sleep with the curtains open and waking to bright sunlight. How can you not feel happy when you see sunshine?!
I didn’t actually have much planned and yes the glorious weather automatically injected me with smiles but it became so much more because I made a conscious effort to practice the attitude of gratitude for the entire day. I wanted to know if it would make a difference. Every morning I think of three things I’m grateful for, it’s a well established habit but if I did it all day how would I feel?
So here’s how it went:
Gratitude #1: Spinning
- My favourite gym is Virgin Active, I have one close by!
- I can book a spin class every day and manage to get through a gruelling 45 minutes (when are spin classes ever not?!), smashing 26km.
- I could spend time relaxing in the sauna afterwards followed by a cheeky sunbathe on the grass outside the gym.
Gratitude #2: Sushi lunch
- What to have for lunch after spin? Too hot for bento (my original craving) so Sushi won. Resting in glorious weather listening to a couple of guitarists smash out Oasis and David Bowie tunes by the Cutty Sark…life was good.
Gratitude #3: Greenwich
- How blessed am I to live in such a gorgeous area. Greenwich is boutiquey and historical, attracting heaps of tourists every day which means there is always something happening.
- I spent the afternoon getting a suntan in Greenwich Park reading my book and having a Nanna nap! Knowing I had completed my exercise for the day made me feel awesome and having a park close to home to relax in was heaven.
Gratitude #4: My home
- With a slightly pinkish face, a well rested body and mind I landed home. I love my apartment, it sits along the River Thames with views of the O2, the sound of waves crashing against the wall in the evening…how lucky am I?!
Gratitude #5: Reflection
- At the beginning and end of each day I refer to my Happiness Planner. I’m grateful to have found a tool that helps keep me focused on doing the things which are important to me, which make me happy. It includes capturing the things I am grateful for and the things I wish for tomorrow.
I know it only looks like 5 things I have captured but each of those encompassed so many other things for example, smelling freshly cut grass in the park and grabbing an ice cream whilst reading my book. You know just little things?
The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now
I am not doing a mumbo jumbo, hippy gratitude schpeel on you I honestly felt fantastic for appreciating the little things and for doing it all day. If I can practice this throughout every day I believe it will and can make a big difference. I also had 10 hours sleep! For me that’s incredible so maybe there really is something in it.
What are the things you are grateful for? Do you practice the attitude of gratitude? I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.