It’s no surprise that in certain situations gratitude is not the first thing that springs into your mind. It is so easy to think negatively when you’re having a bad day or things aren’t going as you’d like them to, but spending a moment to spin that around and look at all you have, taking the time to “count your blessings”as it were is not just some “positve thinking” mumbo jumbo, it is a fact-based, wonderfully cathartic exercise that also brings positive health benefits.
Positive thinking will not get you anything – but it will get you everything more than negative thinking will.- Zig Ziglar
Start a gratitude journal and culivate the practice of naming at the very least 3 things that you’re grateful for after getting up each morning, or just before you go to bed at night. It’s effective to take a mental stock-take of all the positive points in my life. One positive thought triggers another and you’ll soon find it’s practically impossible to limit myself to only 3 things. No matter where you are in life, if you have a roof over your head and food to eat you have something to be grateful for.
Appreciate everything and everyone. Look upon every experience you’ve ever had, and everyone who’s ever played any role in your life, as having been sent to you for your benefit. In this universe, which was created by a divine, organizing intelligence, there are simply no accidents — Wayne W. Dyer
Besides it’s a lot more fun to begin the day in an enjoyable mindset with a sensation of calmness in my heart aroused by the gatitude log. This establishes a positive tone for the day. Gratitude has been said to have one of the strongest links with mental health of any character trait.
Gratitude, being thankful for what you have, and not focussing on what you think you don’t have, is one of the traits of success common to all successful people and leaders.
Make it positive day!