There’s no downside to having a daily gratitude practice. It takes less than five minutes but it sets a positive tone over your entire day.
The practice is simple: write down three things you’re grateful for. I personally use the five-minute journal, but any notebook or piece of paper will do.
It’s such a small thing, but it really does wonders on your mindset for the day. The biggest benefit is it forces you to pause and think about the good things going on in your life and appreciate them (no matter how tiny they may look on paper).
It’s far too easy to dwell only on the negative and things that are “going wrong” in our lives and completely sprint past the good things happening in-between the bad.
And even when life is great or we’ve achieved great things recently, we rarely stop to consider them and give thanks for having experienced them.
Day-to-day gratitudes are just as life-giving as big (lucky) things.
Little things, normally unnoticed, like the way sky looks today, or a particular bird you heard chirping this morning, or the ritual of making coffee or tea in the morning.
Good things can come in all sizes (insert crude joke here). And bad things tend to look smaller the further out you look at them.
If you haven’t started your own daily gratitude practice, I can’t think of any better day than today.
Stick with it for a month and notice how much more optimistic you feel. And how obstacles start to look more like challenges and opportunities to solve.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1503
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