I often talk about gratitude with my clients at my health clinic, as I truly believe it is the quickest and easiest way to come back into a positive place.
Think of it this way. Say it’s the end of your work day. You’re tired but you’ve gone out to do the shopping. You’ve loaded up your trolley with food for the week, put it on the conveyor belt to be zapped, bagged it up, but when you’ve come to pay you realise that you’ve left your purse at work. You have no way of paying for the groceries you’ve spent the past hour choosing. You may have already experienced this (I have on more than one occasion!)
Do you remember how you felt? Frustrated? Annoyed with yourself. Maybe you started blaming others (if so-and-so hadn’t called you as you were leaving the office then you would have remembered to grab it.) You might feel anger and take it out on yourself, the cashier or other drivers in the traffic jam on the way back home.
The way which will bring you may to joy in almost an instant is this. Be thankful. At least you know where you purse is and it’s safe at work. Be thankful that you could afford to buy all the groceries you needed for the week. Say thank you for the food you do have at home which will nourish you this evening.
“It’s impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” Naomi Williams
When you are practicing gratitude, you are in the present. Not thinking about the uncontrollable past, not worrying about the future. You are conciously in the now.
An easy way to start practicing gratitude
One of the easiest ways to start practicing gratitude is to start a gratitude journal. Every day when you wake up, and before you go to sleep, list at least 3 things you are grateful for and why.
These could be people, opportunities, pets, possessions, your health – anything that has a positive impact on your life.
If you are stuck, I’ve created a beautiful worksheet for you to print off to help you get started, which you can download here.
Til next time,
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