Let's face it, life can be tough and thinking positively can be a real challenge. We all have those moments when everything seems to be going wrong, and the world feels like a never-ending series of challenges. But fear not! There's a superpower within your reach that can transform your mindset and bring a positive change to your life. It's called gratitude, and trust me, it's a game-changer!
Now, you might be thinking, "Gratitude? Really? How can that make a difference?" Well, practicing gratitude is like wielding a magical wand that unleashes happiness, resilience, and success. Don't just take my word for it; countless studies have shown that grateful people are not only happier (about 25%!) but also healthier and more successful. It's like a happiness potion, without side effects!
You may be thinking, but I am grateful, I am always polite when I receive something. But practicing gratitude is not as simple as saying "please" and "thank you." It's a commitment, a whole new way of looking at life, even when things seem to be falling apart.
When you first start, it might really challenging. The resistance is real! You might catch yourself saying, "This won't work for me," or "There's nothing to be grateful for." But guess what? That resistance is a clear sign that you desperately need a gratitude boost!
So, here's the secret sauce: Get yourself a notebook and a pen, to create your very own gratitude journal. Each evening, sit down and write down three specific things you are grateful for. And, I mean really specific! Don't just settle for "I'm grateful for my children." Dig deeper and find something like, "I'm grateful that my children devoured their dinner today like little food-loving monsters!" Trust me, the more specific, the stronger the emotional connection.
Keep at it for at least 21 days which is when the real magic starts to happen. You'll notice that resistance melting away and your once-negative mind will start spotting the bright spots in your life.
Remember, gratitude doesn't discriminate based on size. It's not all about grand gestures or monumental achievements. Nope, it revels in the little things too. A perfect cup of tea, the sight of vibrant flowers, or someone holding the door open for you—these small moments deserve your gratitude as well. They're like little sparks that ignite the fire of positivity within you.
Now, here's where gratitude becomes your superhero cape on the toughest days. Picture this: You've had a horrible day, and everything feels like it's falling apart. But instead of drowning in negativity, you rise above it all. You find yourself thinking, "I am so grateful for that doctor who helped me" or "I am grateful for the stranger who held my hand when I needed it most." Gratitude becomes your lifeline, pulling you out of the darkness and guiding you towards the light.
Out of all the tools and techniques I've come across, gratitude is my absolute favourite. It's simple, yet it wields a profound effect. It's like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, a gentle reminder that even in the midst of chaos, there is beauty and goodness to be found.
So, what are you grateful for today? Take a moment, grab that pen, and let gratitude work its magic. Your superpowered mindset awaits!
If you would like to learn more about gratitude, you can get a copy of Lianne's book "Radical Self Care: How to Use Self Care to Thrive During Challenging Times" or you can book a one to one with Lianne or Tom by contacting us here.