Look, I get it. Life can be tough. It's easy to get bogged down in negativity and start feeling like everything is against you. I was there JUST the other day. But here's the thing: cultivating an attitude of gratitude can change your whole perspective. It's time to put on those rose colored glasses and start seeing the good in everything! (Side note: I’m not gonna promise you instant or overnight change. This gratitude thing is like a muscle. The more you utilize it, the stronger it gets - The more it comes in handy! And let’s be honest, I’m CLEARLY not the poster child of exercise.)
First things first, let's talk about the power of a good ol' gratitude journal. Yes, I know it might seem a little cheesy, but hear me out. Taking just a few minutes each day to jot down three things you're grateful for can seriously change your entire outlook. So get yourself a cute notebook and start filling it with all the good things in your life, whether it's your morning cup of coffee (yummm, Nespresso + almond milk) or the fact that your pup didn't puke on the couch today. IMHO, writing it down isn’t even totes necessary. PERSONALLY - When I wake up / go to bed, I pop three nuggets of gratitude into my noggin’ and it does the trick!
Another mindset shift coming in for a landing - let's talk about focusing on abundance. Stop comparing yourself to others and start focusing on all the amazing things in your life. Yeah, sure, your neighbor might have a bigger house (with a basement!) or a nicer car, but who cares? You've got your health, your family, your friends, and a whole lot of other awesome things that money can't buy. (Remember that ol’ adage that money can’t buy happiness?) So put on your gratitude goggles and start seeing all the abundance in your life.
And finally, let's talk about practicing gratitude in difficult times. YAS, it's not easy to be grateful when things are tough. But please trust me, it's worth it. One of the many lessons I picked up from my pops is that happiness / optimism is a choice. It totally applies here too! Instead of focusing on the negative, try to find something positive to focus on. Maybe it's the fact that you have a supportive partner or a J-O-B that pays the bills. Whatever it is, hold on to it tight and let it fill you with gratitude and resilience.
So go forth and start counting your blessings, because trust me, you've got a lot of 'em. Let’s start!
Three for me:
- I have a home that I feel safe and comfortable in.
- I have a support system that I can depend on.
- I have a puppy sister that loves me to the moon and back!