How do you practice gratitude? Is there an art to it? Will this really work for me?
Well, I discovered the practice of gratitude during my breast cancer treatment and even though I had no clue where to start, I can tell you that it isn’t hard.
To be fair when my husband first suggested it, it sounded all a bit hokey pokey (cue eye rolling…)
But then I began to notice that other people were also recommending the daily practice of gratitude in their blogs and online.
I thought to myself, “Maybe there is something to this gratitude thing”.
When you’re facing a life challenging situation you’ll do almost anything to get your way through it.
I reflected and rationalised that the act of gratitude was actually just a simple daily habit. What’s the worst outcome it could give me?
So I gave it a try – and to be honest it works.
This is no weird humbo jumbo thing.
It took some practice and sometimes a little while to think about what I had to be grateful for.
But over time you begin to notice and be grateful for all the good things around you no matter how big or small.
- The smell of rain on freshly cut lawn
- The sun shining on my face
- The fact I am alive!
- My friends
- My family
- The walk to work that morning
- My crazy cat chasing her tail
So how do you practice the daily art of gratitude thing?
Every night just before you close your eyes, you write down 3 things that you are grateful for that happened or you noticed during the day.
It matters not how small or large.
Just jot down three things. Don’t spend anymore than a few minutes on this.
Keep it simple.
Why not give this daily practice of gratitude a try.
Do this every night for a month and then at the end of the month reflect on how you are feeling. Have you noticed any changes?
I hope so.
I know I did.