One of the best tools for getting us out of that place of negativity that pulls us down is to take stock of all that we are grateful for in our lives. It is so easy to become overwhelmed by all that is not going well that we forget about all the things that are. We can very quickly become stuck in a downward spiral and this is when we need the tool of gratitude to break the cycle.
So take the time right now to write down a list of 100 things that you are grateful for and see what happens. Here are some ideas to get you started …
- Warm and dry house to protect you from the elements
- Hot water for your shower this morning
- For the ability to walk
- For wonderful friends
- For the food you have to eat in your cupboards and fridge
- For the money you have in your bank account
- For the “thank you” you were given yesterday for something you did for another person
You get the idea…?
To help build your gratitude muscles you can also turn this into a daily habit and end your day by writing out a list of 5- 10 things that you are grateful for. When you first start this exercise it may be very difficult to think of things especially if you have just had a “bad” day however when you persist you will find it becomes much easier and that your focus starts to shift from all that is not going well in your life to all that is.