Inside: Find out how being grateful in life will help you be a happy person.
Let’s be honest.
A lot of the information out there about being happy is kind of obvious. From “be a positive person and let go the grudge” to “fake it till you make it“, the advice is endless.
The problem is that many articles promise to give you solutions on how to unlock the doors to happiness, but when you have to translate those tips in your life, it fails.
So why do we keep reading? Why do we keep clicking on articles happiness related even if we know they don’t deliver?
The answer is simple.
Because we hope that the next post will be the one. The post that will tell us something we haven’t heard before.
The post that will make the time spend reading the other posts worth it.
But sorry to disappoint here folks, you won’t find the answer out there, you will find it within yourself.
A word on happiness
Everybody wants to be happy to have good relationships, to be in good health and have a fulfilling life but for most of us, achieving this doesn’t come in a straight line.
Most days I try to sit down and do a ten minutes meditation in the morning and in the evening and practice gratitude.
I close my eyes, and I think about what I am grateful for and to whom I want to thank.
Why do I do that?
Because it reminds me of the positive things in my life.
Everybody has things to be grateful for.
You might think your child was naughty today, and you are at the end of your rope (story of my life), but instead of getting angry be thankful that you have this little person that loves you.
I am grateful that I have a cheek to kiss goodnight. He makes me a stronger person, and as a bonus, I get to find out the new limit of my patience.
Being grateful turns bad things into good things and reminds you of what is important.
Gratitude is a way of living and has shown many benefits. Practicing mindfulness and appreciation will put you in a positive mood and will help you refocus on what you have instead of what you lack.
The more you practice, the better you get.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough— Melodie Beatty
Cultivating gratitude is the gateway to changing your focus.
Get in the right mindset
For me, I know that whenever I feel stressed is an indication that I don’t have my attention on the right thing.
When my mind goes in all different direction, I know that I need to shift my focus from the negative side of things. This simple action immediately sends me into a state of peace, and my mind becomes more clear.
The moment I start to be grateful for what I have instead of complaining from what I lack, I am already feeling better, and I can deal with the situation with a clear mind and not act out of impulse.
Keep a journal
I find that I get the best results when I keep a gratitude journal.
I dedicate 5 minutes per day for it and the effects are life changing.
When I feel:
- My baby can’t sleep for longer than five minutes unless I hold him and this drives me bonkers because I haven’t slept for two hours in a row for six months
I practice my gratitude:
- I am grateful for this baby and that I get to take care of him. I know that this is a phase in his life and he will start to sleep properly in the near future until then I will comfort him and get the extra cuddles that he needs.
You might say “this sounds silly” but it works. I choose to see the situation from a different angle. I appreciate that he doesn’t cry and scream in the night, he just wakes up and makes annoying baby noises to get attention to be picked up again. We will get there… eventually.
In most of the situation, there is always a good side; you just need to focus on that side of the story.
I choose to be happy.
Am I still exhausted?
Yes, but at least I am happy and at peace with myself.
When I start to fill up my journal in the morning I start to notice the simple everyday joy and appreciate it more and more.
How does a gratitude journal work?
Alright, let’s break down.
It starts with beginning your day the right way
What if you could consciously choose to have a great day consistently?
Well, you can.
Practice gratitude in the morning and our subconscious takes note of these activities and puts you in the right frequency. It turns out that when you write things down it will create the desired effect more efficiently.
End your day the right way
Before you sleep, practice introspection. Fill in the night section and evaluate your day, this will bring the focus on what made you happy that day and end it on a good note.
The Five Minute Journal– your secret weapon to focus on the good in your life
If you want to have a go at this yourself you can start by implementing this system as part of your everyday routine right away and you will see the transformation almost immediately.
Remember, it is down to you how you react to events that happen in your life. Practicing gratitude will make you a positive person and it will help you be more self-centered.
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