If there’s one thing that will make a massive change in how you feel almost instantly it’s gratitude. It’s literally The Magic. There is no habit I built that would mean more to me than this little practice which pulled me out of the darkest hours of my depression struggle. This will forever be the first thing I recommend as a Life Coach and I suspect that as it proved so far it would be a breakthrough change that determines good wellbeing. I can’t stress how life-changing this habit is. It’s a true lifestyle transformational really easy thing to do. You only need spare 3-10 minutes a day.
WHY IS GRATITUDE SO IMPORTANT?
When I used to thought ‘gratitude’, I thought politeness. If you are sick of people telling you what’s polite and what isn’t – keep reading, my friend, you will get none of it here. So what do you have to gain by being grateful for regular things on the daily basis? Massive mindset shift. Less stress, which effects in healthier body and mind. How about seeing things as they are, not battering you that they aren’t as good as they could be in some imaginary scenario. As much as I don’t agree completely with the way ‘The Secret’ is telling people about the power of their mind, I do truly believe that you do get more of what you are grateful for. I don’t want to spread any fluffy beliefs – I’m not sure why it is like this, maybe it’s magic, maybe it’s universe, maybe it’s energy, maybe it’s just simply autosuggestion – all I care about is that it works. It just does make you happy. As a matter of fact, it replenishes your vitality. It literally combats depression. It does. But when I heard about it first, I was a dirty, nasty skeptic. I thought ‘no way’. I’m here, in the darkest hole I have put myself in my whole entire life, and some lists going to help me? I mean – wtf, I tried so many other things to help myself, and THIS is the answer? But I tried it anyway. And guess what? It worked. Not only it worked – I liked it. I liked the ritual behind it, the thought, the instant shift that happens in me, even if I wake up anxious, as people with anxiety reading this might relate to, when I sit down with a trembling heart and just think about all the things that I’m grateful for, even if it doesn’t disappear – it eases. I feel like I’m no longer in the clutches of anxiety. I realize that it’s not what happens has a control over my life – it’s what I think about what happens. It’s about the mindset. And it’s so hard to change the mindset, but the gratitude is a shortcut to it. There’s no shorter way – what you see is what you get. So give it a try, because it doesn’t cost you anything, but it might transform your life.
WHAT IF I HAVE NOTHING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR?
Come on – if you live in the ‘First World’ country, you’ve got no leg to stand on with this question. Stop comparing yourself to 5-10% people in the world who have it better than you, start maybe comparing yourself to the more than half of other people in the world who live for less than $5 a day. Maybe that’s perhaps what you should thank the source/universe/fate/random luck for. For winning a lottery of being born on the right side of an earth. What about being grateful for breathing freely? Some people have kind of illnesses when they can’t even breath without support for years. How about being grateful for the fact you are alive right now, not during WWII or some other disaster. Look for simple things. When you are grateful for simple things you get more of the better things coming your way. But you always have to start where you are.
WEEKLY GRATITUDE LOG
HOW TO FILL IT IN?
This log, for a change, is quite uncomplicated one. Pretty self-explanatory – fill it in with at least 3 things you are grateful for today in the box. Date it and archive if you like afterward so you can have a look month later at what magic happened in-between. I recommend doing it all year round, so feel free to print it out as many times as you like.
When you fill it, try to say thank you for each thing you write down, close your eyes and feel truly grateful for it – at least try.
The Magic by Rhonda Byrne – Like I mentioned a lot of times here, I find all her books a bit fluffy, but this one is the one I think everybody should read on their journey to full life. Don’t buy ‘The Secret’, there are so many other good books. Get this one. It’s much better, I promise!
You Are A Badass! By Jen Sincero – It’s not really only about this, but it’s a book that changed my life and I loved the chapter about gratefulness, so give it a try if it looks interesting to you.
100 days of gratefulness by Amy J. Blake – it’s free with Kindle at the moment! Not sure if it’s because I’ve got an Amazon Prime Membership, or just because it is. Anyways, I just started reading this and I can’t recommend it enough. Give it a try and be grateful that it’s free!
That’s all for today. If you will try it – THANK YOU for trusting me and congratulations on making a massive mindset change today, starting with yourself. Many people always promise to change many things in their daily lives, but never actually make any action to do it. The most important thing is indeed starting – which you did today (hopefully), but the truly difficult thing is to follow through with your words. Hope you will take up a challenge and try this for at least 4 weeks. I truly believe if you were to do it, you won’t just forget about it because you will realize what a massive shift it makes in your life.
Have a lovely day, and as always – let me know what you think in the comments and if you fancy a little bit of email coaching, drop me an email – it’s free and you never know – might change your life (I’m not selling anything, lol, just want to connect with like-minded people)!
*Those are affiliate links. I read all those books and I loved them sincerely, though.