Breath this in. Fall in love with all the amazing beauty that this life brings. Gratitude helps you make everyday a really good day.
The DAY IN DAY OUT…. can be hell on earth.
I want to be completely transparent in sharing this video with you. It reminded me of a time in my life where I felt a cold, meaningless, and senseless existence.
It was depressing to say the least. I don’t want to be reminded of that drab, cynical, and uninspired person I had become.
I was what some would define, a workaholic. My intentions were noble. I wanted to achieve great things, succeed at my career, and work hard to reach my goals. I was after all an MBA destined to do great things.
When I landed in the hustle and bustle, The Day In & Day Out, felt like a cruel joke. “There must be more to life than this”, was a frequent thought.
I fell into my default setting, which was to notice all that was wrong with my life.
David Foster Wallace, in this brilliant video, paints a picture that is many peoples ‘perceived’ reality. The word perceived is where your power exists. This is where you can make a choice to see the world differently and therefore experience a different reality.
Unfortunately, I see it everyday. So many wonderful people that only notice what is wrong.
I’m happy to say that after much trial and error, I’ve discovered how to look forward to each and everyday. I don’t live for the weekend. Everyday feels like a favorite day.
The Day In Day Out cloud, just isn’t a part of how I experience life anymore.
My absolute number one recommendation is to begin noticing what is right in your life and be grateful for that. I have a post, The Gifts of Gratitude, where you’ll find several suggestions for how to make gratitude a habit. This seemingly insignificant approach, will make a huge difference. I promise you!
The gifts of gratitude are infinite.
I’m a huge fan of the G word and at times I may even exaggerate in my effort to “convert” everyone I come in contact with. Having said that I’d like to bring your attention to this wonderful habit that can change your life for the better. I assure you it works. The world becomes a better place when you take the time to be grateful.
I often work with people who have trouble feeling connected, seen, understood, or accepted. This can cause them to feel inadequate, unworthy, and as if they are not _________enough (feel free to fill in the blank). Encouraging them to foster a habit of gratitude is often a first step which brings with it powerful results.
Being grateful is an attitude, a way to perceive life, and a tool that allows you to notice what is good in your life instead of what is wrong. Gratitude tips the scale in your favor.
Recently scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits, some of which include:
- Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- More joy, optimism and happiness
- Acting with more generosity and compassion
- Feeling less lonely and isolated
Gratitude opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain. Practicing gratitude regularly can change the way your neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions educed can soothe distress and broaden your thinking patterns so you develop a larger and more expansive view of life.
Here are a few ways to cultivate gratitude in your life. Mix and match as you please, create your own recipe, but begin today. Continue reading