Starting and ending the day with gratitude is my #1 tool for enhancing positivity and happiness in my life.
I was discussing this with a client and she asked, “what if I have nothing to be grateful for today?” In the years that I’ve been writing in my gratitude journal, and making mental gratitude lists before I go to sleep, I’ve come to realize that there is always something – even in the days that I felt were the worst. You just have to look for it – with your heart, not with your eyes. Gratitude comes in many forms. It can be big things like a promotion at work, the purchase of a new home, marrying the man (or woman) of your dreams, your children, family, and your friends. It can also be something as simple as hearing your favourite song on the radio, someone smiling at you, or having time to go to the gym today because you got out of work on time. When I’ve had a bad day, and can’t think of little things, I focus on the big things: my husband, my family, my friends, a warm bed to sleep in, food in my belly, being safe, the air that I breathe…
See how simple it can be? You don’t have to be looking for things to be happening at every moment. The things I write above are constants in my life and they make it on almost every list, even when there are new things to add.
When we make a list of the things we are grateful for, we start to see so many beautiful things happening around us that we were not aware of before. It opens up our hearts so we can allow more to come and also see what is right in front of us. Maybe you have forgotten about the family who loves you unconditionally. Maybe you didn’t realize how lucky you are that you get to eat three meals a day. Sadly, right in your own neighborhood, there is probably a family who can’t afford to do that. It also makes you realize how much we take for granted, like a warm bed, and the amazing friends who have been brought into our lives.
What are you grateful for today?
Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl