What are you grateful for? What’s happened to you, today, to gladden your heart, and make you feel that your life’s worth living? Who’s shown kindness to you, today? Or given you an opportunity to help them? (And there’s nothing like seeing you’ve really helped someone, to make you feel good about yourself!)
Even if you feel you’ve just had the crappiest day ever, you can still find something to be grateful for. Do your eyes and ears still work? Did you have to grow your own corn and turn it into cornflakes, or did someone else do that for you, so that at least you could eat a quick and convenient breakfast? Do you have a roof over your head? Are you still breathing? There’s always something, once you stop taking the good things in your life for granted.
But why bother, you might ask?
Why – especially after a crappy day – should you trawl through your memories to find
the few gleams of gold in the midst of the mud? What’s the point of trying to be positive? The short answer is that life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You find what you’re looking for. Remember Eeyore, in Winnie-the-Pooh? The utterly miserable donkey, for whom nothing ever went right? Who always expected the worst, and found that he was right to
do so, because the worst always did happen. You may have met people like that. They seem to attract disaster. Their darkest dreams come true. Because that’s what they’re looking for. It’s what they expect to find.
So, can gratitude make a difference? Definitely! The more you focus on gratitude, the happier you’ll feel. There’s even scientific evidence that says so. People who make a regular practice of gratitude suffer less with depression, feel more satisfied with their life and with their work, and like themselves more. They are even more generous than ungrateful
people! What’s more, their immune systems tend to work more efficiently, so they catch fewer bugs and suffer less with aches and pains. (Try Googling ‘Scientific research on gratitude.’)
What’s more, as you practice gratitude, you’ll find more of what you’re looking for. More reasons to be grateful. More evidence that Life is totally on your side. More fantastic coincidences, when you find that -once again – you were in just the right place at the exact right time. More joy. More good luck. More people ready to help you - because people
prefer helping happy, grateful people than miserable, ungrateful grouches!
So, what are you waiting for? While you’re out of the house today or tomorrow, buy yourself a small notebook. Keep it on your bedside table, along with a couple of biros. And make it a habit to write in it every single night before you go to
sleep. Look back on your day and find 3 things for which you can be truly grateful. Pick something different every day.
And just begin to notice how much more smoothly and happily your life begins to flow!