Gratitude Changes Everything
Practising Daily Gratitude Changes Everything
GRATITUDE. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.
And since I almost never use all caps, you should assume I couldn’t figure out which one of those words should be stressed more.
(Feel free to play with the different variations when you’re done reading. It’s enlightening.)
If you’re not in the habit of being grateful for things in your life, then you may just have a difficult time expressing what you’re thankful for. Don’t worry – that’s normal… but, perhaps, it’s not the best way to live.
You see, perhaps you want a bigger house, or a bigger bank account (and most people want at least the latter), but if you start thinking about all the wonderful things your life and the people in it have given you, you’d probably count yourself lucky for that roof – and even that treacherous relationship you have with your bank.
Gratitude changes everything. It’s almost impossible to be angry with something you’re grateful for. And, even if you don’t love your job at the moment, you’re likely to be grateful that you’ve got one. (And if you’ve not got a job, perhaps you’re grateful that you’ve had this gap from irritable co-workers!)
It’s that powerful.
Even when you’re spitting mad at someone (and they at you), a little reflection on all the fabulous things they’ve brought to your life will smooth over the way you feel, even if it doesn’t repair relationships when it’s one-sided. I know that for certain; I’ve used gratitude to get rational after a fight with a cherished friend recently.
And in that instance, I was already stronger than I give myself credit for – and that’s because I’ve been practising gratitude for quite some time, ensuring that I write a list each day of the good things that have come into my life or that I’ve enjoyed that day. So when it was time to express it towards a single person, I was ready.
Gratitude is like a muscle, start small and before you know it, turning the other cheek in a big argument isn’t actually that hard (though it can still be annoying that you have to…)
If gratitude expressed daily can change everything, what on earth are you waiting for?
Wouldn’t you love to be happy instead of angry? Wouldn’t you like to reflect on all the good things in your life?
- Spend a few minutes right now and think of 3 things you’re grateful for. Writing them down is best – send yourself an email if you don’t have any paper handy.
- Dig out a fresh notebook or start a private Pinterest board for your gratitude list. It’ll be big before you know it, so don’t choose that tiny notebook buried at the back of your desk.
- If you’ve got someone in your life that’s rubbing you the wrong way, write them a letter (you don’t have to give it to them) thanking them for everything they’ve done for you. And believe it or not, some of their challenges have helped you grow immensely.
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