We all know that focusing on things we are grateful for is a quick way to boost our moods. Yet, we rarely stop to focus on the positive, as we are so overwhelmed by day-to-day stressors.
However, if you can take your biggest problem at the moment and find a small bit of the positive in it, that concern will seem less significant. For example, if you just went through a break-up, focus on what you learned and how you will take those lessons with you in the future. If you hate your job or your boss, focus on the fact that your job is close to home, or even the fact that you have a job in a time where many are struggling without work.
There are some tragedies in life that appear to be without a silver lining, such as a significant loss of a loved one, or a financial or career failure. With time, these losses will get easier, and they will contribute to the person you become. There are always lessons in each experience, and finding the gratitude may take some time. I promise that the positive is in there somewhere.
A quick challenge you can do today or tomorrow, is to take just 2 minutes and think about what you are grateful for. You can do this while you’re in the shower, while you’re driving or even before you get out of bed.
My list today was:
I’m grateful for:
- My health.
- That I can call my best friend if I need her.
- That I don’t have to drive in traffic today.
- That I have a job doing what I love.
- The fact that I was able to relax last night for the first night in weeks.
There! Just 5 things, but instantly, I felt better about my life in general. All the annoyances and stressors seemed to fade a little when I focused my energy on the positive.