Write down 10 things you are grateful for. Try this daily for 21 days. Even if you do it once, it will make a difference in your outlook. This process will get easier over the 21 days, but try to come up with different things each day.
What’s working in your life? What makes you smile? Who makes you happy? Who do you love? Who loves you? For some, this might take a while. If you struggle to come up with things you are grateful for, think of what others have said about you in the past. Has anyone ever thanked you for helping them? Perhaps you are generous or helpful. Try to feel gratitude about certain attributes you have, the people who are in your life, and the skills you have acquired.
Why Be Grateful?
In his Gratitude Interventions Project, Dr. Emmons (2003, 2008) of the University of California discovered several amazing components of living a grateful life. He and his team of researchers found that when you keep a weekly gratitude journal, you are more optimistic about life in general. In addition, the participants in the study exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, and came closer to achieving their goals.
When a group of young adults began to practice daily gratitude interventions, they reported high levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy compared to another group who focused on life’s hassles, or compared themselves to others. This group was also more likely to become helpful to others.
Practice being grateful. Actually thank those around you for making your life better. Make this a habit and it will eventually feel natural. You will begin to notice that your life is full of blessings, because you will be attracting positive energy.