Thinking about Gratitude:
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#gratitude #acts of kindness #happiness
Yesterday I was out in the freezing cold of London on my way to visit the dentist! It turns out I had an excellent toothy peg cleanse. (fab hygienist skills – thanks), with no pain involved. As a reward, I followed my appointment with a beautiful cup of hot java at the local organic food café. I recalled this particular quote which I added to a photo I snapped in my garden one summer.
I wondered have you ever found happiness where you least expected it?
Go on spoil yourself or someone else today. After all, it’s the simple actions that can bring the most joy to our self, or when we take special care in doing something for another.
It’s good to become more aware of fleeting moments of happiness because they all add up to the possibilities of feeling better.
Gratitude journal: A positive psychology technique.
What does gratitude mean to you? Some may say it’s looking for those things that have changed for the better in your life.
Whereas to appreciate could mean that even if something was frustrating while you were experiencing it, you could look back now in appreciation of what you learned.
So even if it’s hard to feel grateful, we can still appreciate an insight which adds to our resources for resilience.
When you reminisce, what are those things in life where you feel a sense of gratitude?
Broaden your perspective:
For example, have you thought of being grateful for eventually understanding a hard problem you have been trying to solve?
If there where people in your life you feel thankful for who would those people be?
Broaden the circle of gratitude:
Include actions from people you don’t know like the smile that the cashier at the supermarket gave you.
The difference that makes the difference to your day.
Consider the possibility that the more we recognise and appreciate the things in life, (our efforts no matter how small, the kindness of others), the more we get those things in our life.
It’s like a brain training exercise to notice even those fleeting moments of happiness and positivity.
Hmm here’s to the taste of a good cuppa coffee or tea after a dental-cleanse! ;-D
Making gratitude a pleasurable task:
Allowing your unconscious to collect three positive things to look back on at the end of each day can continue to give you a better experience in life.
And when you write them down you have a lovely collection of memories to boost you if there should be a grey, cold winter day.
You may be interested in a few tips from those who practice happiness in their daily live click to read an earlier blog on this.
What is gratitude and its role in positive psychology – definitions and tools
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There’s no time like the present. If there is something you’ve been meaning to get sorted to help you feel better, or to build confidence then take courage. If you’d like some help to get there – click on my image to find my contact me page and drop me an email.