HOW TO DEVELOP AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
How to develop and attitude of gratitude started, for me, many years ago when reading self-help books. Some books I had heard about on TV and some were recommended by friends who shared spiritual growth philosophies. The best suggestion made in any of these books was to build a habit of documenting gratitude daily. The suggestion was to make a list every evening, before bed, of five things that you were grateful for in the day or in life in general. The recommendation was to document at at least five things you are grateful for, even if you have to really dig deep to find them.
I have since done this more often than not. When I stop for whatever reason, it is the first thing I go back to if I am struggling with mood. Gratitude helps you see how privileged you are, even if you are not feeling this. It is so easy to forget how blessed we are and take things for granted.
We are fortunate if we have a home with a roof over our head and if we have our health. Having income support and meeting our financial needs every month also makes us fortunate. We are fortunate if we are able to get up each day and live a full life. Indeed, we are fortunate even if we are feeling depressed but have our daily needs taken care of. There are so many people living on planet earth who do not!!
GOOD DAY AND BAD DAY GRATITUDE
1. I am grateful that I was able to convince myself to go out today to walk.
2. I am grateful I met my exercise and intake goals.
3. I am grateful I spoke with my friend who I have not been able to meet up with in months because of COVID.
4. I am happy and grateful it was a sunny day, as my mood is always better in the sun.
5. I am grateful for the ability to connect with people via Facebook and know everyone is okay.
On a really good day, I may list more than five things I can recognize as things I am grateful for.
I am tempted not to journal or make my gratitude list on bad days. There are days I have that ‘who cares mentality.’ In reality, it is on those days that we need to do a gratitude list the most. On these days, I recall and list my gratitude for the obvious things in life like ….
1. I woke up.
2. I have food to eat.
3. I have bed to sleep in and it is comfortable.
4. My family is healthy.
5. I am able to have a bad day and still recognize I have good in my life.
MY SUGGESTION TO YOU
How you develop an attitude of gratitude is up to you. Lifehack.org has a great post/piece that could be very helpful. Find a way to be grateful each day for what is obvious and what is not! You can choose to pick up pen and paper and make a list or you can recall in your mind the things you are grateful for. Either way, make the attitude of gratitude a daily habit in your life! If you do this day in and day out, in time it will be a helpful tool in moving towards brighter days.
An attitude of gratitude is a step in the direction of contentment, a step towards improving your psychological functioning.
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LIVEFATANDFIT AND BE WELL!