Happy World Gratitude Day! As you keep up with deadlines and seemingly endless to-do lists, it can be difficult to focus on the positive. However, studies show that an attitude of intentional thankfulness can drastically improve your physical, emotional and mental well-being. These good vibes build up everyone around you and will help you bring the best out of bad situations. Here’s how to cultivate a grateful heart!
The first step toward living a thankful life is acknowledging everything around you that is enjoyable or meaningful. In a stressful moment, it can seem impossible to take this sort of time, but this is when you need it most! Make a physical list, including every blessing from your morning bagel to your best friend. You can do the same thing verbally while you drive to work or mentally before you walk into a frustrating situation.
Did your car get a flat? Did you have a completely awkward encounter with your boss? Were your kids out of control this morning? Focusing on the positive outcomes of negative experiences will help you maintain your inner peace. Maybe a flat tire means a few minutes alone that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Maybe that awkward encounter with your boss gave you a little laugh later or a funny story. And, hey, at least you don’t have boring kids.
We often forget to be thankful for ourselves. When we don’t acknowledge the absolute necessity of time for replenishing, it can set up serious roadblocks to grateful thinking (or thinking at all). Be well-rested. Steward your mind and body well, since they are surely something for which to be thankful.