A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude
The term gratitude has become a frequent trend over the past few years, ranging from tips on how to be grateful to giving us reminders of the types of things we can appreciate in our daily lives in order to feel happier and to minimise stress. I can understand how some of this may seem overkill in one sense, feeling almost pressure to feel grateful but it can make a massive difference to how you feel and allow you to lead a much more fulfilled and purposeful life.
And who doesn’t want that right?
Currently, in the UK we are preparing for the Beast of the East, freezing cold temperatures and snowstorms are about to descend upon us. The daily commute sees a bunch of Eskimos all ready to hit the streets shielding ourselves from the imminent blizzard. But so far so good, minimal disruption so far. For some, a grumpy start with train cancellations and probably more to come but my morning was made better by a kind gentlemen who gave up his seat from me (probably because I was juggling a huge sports bag, handbag and one full of my daily weight watcher grub), but nonetheless it was something I am extremely grateful for (think I am getting old) and it was added to my digital gratitude list on my phone.
It’s a daily ritual, noting down three things to be grateful for every morning. The list has now extended to way more than three, rather looking like one of my IKEA receipts, but it helps improve my mood immediately. And the best bit, you can add to this list throughout the day.
WHY KEEP A JOURNAL?
If you’re feeling a little pants and things aren’t going your way, refer to your list for some instant feel-good factors. Things which have happened that day which can help make any worries seem less magnified.
How often do you have good things happen, great achievements and yet you can’t think of them in a split second when things aren’t going to plan? Sometimes it’s difficult to see the wood for the trees, the confidence dips, the mood worsens, you just don’t feel good enough. Ever felt like that? It happens to the best of us. But having that list ready prepared for the things you have achieved, things you have worked hard for or of something someone has done for you. Even just the presence of fantastic, supportive, positive people in your circle, are all things which in that quick moment you need as a reminder as to how awesome you are and how many things in your life there are to be thankful for.
A bad day doesn’t mean a bad life
There are many different ways to journal your gratitude, it can just be something you repeat in your head, you could add notes to your phone like I do or you could use a Happiness Planner (my favourite).
It helps to track your focus for the day, what you are grateful for, the things you are committing to do in order to achieve your goals, good things about that day (great to do at bedtime) and finishing with the things you hope for tomorrow. Being able to start and end the day journaling positive uplifting things helps you feel more in control, happier with your life and the direction it’s going in.
Looking at past achievements injects confidence and motivation to achieve future goals. It’s a reminder of the fact that you are a success, at things in the past and things you are doing now so why wouldn’t you be able to achieve your future goals?
And gratitude makes you happier, friendlier, strengthens your emotions, keeps you centred and increases your goal achievements.
Now that’s what I call success!
Do you keep a gratitude journal? Do you find it helps improve daily life?
I would love to hear your thoughts…
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.