How often do you take the time to focus on the good things in your life and what you are grateful for? Daily? Weekly? Occasionally? Never? I know from personal experience, practicing gratitude each and every day can definitely have a beneficial effect on my mind.
Practising gratitude doesn’t mean your life is perfect, often it is far from it, but the simple act of looking for small positives can help with a better mindset. I particularly love to focus on gratitude first thing in the morning as it can help create a positive mindset for the day. This can be especially beneficial for those who often wake not so excited about the day ahead of them, and can be one way of assisting with changing the outlook of the day.
Often it is indicated that how you spend your first few hours creates the overall feel and perspective of the day, so implementing gratitude is definitely a great skill to practice. Combining this with exercise, meditation, stretching and good nutrition can certainly improve your mindset to begin the day on a good note.
I know from my own experience it can be hard to focus on gratitude when the mind is not being its kindest to us, but this is where focusing on the simple things in life can be particularly beneficial. Examples of this may be: having clothes to wear, sunshine, food on the table, a roof over your head, the ability to move, the sound of a bird, a hug from a child or having a friend or loved one in your life. Sometimes it is the smallest things that are actually the most valuable.
Practicing gratitude while implementing other morning routines can also be beneficial. For example being grateful for being able to walk in nature, appreciating the first sip of coffee on a cold morning, being able to move your body and feel the stretch of muscles, having time to stop and breathe to calm the mind.
Writing down and documenting gratitude’s can be exceptionally beneficial, as it is great to be able to reflect on them at later date especially when you may be having an ordinary day. Alternatively, acknowledging what you are grateful as you perform daily activities is beneficial also. For example, simple acts such as having water to shower. a flushing toilet, being able to clean your teeth, water to drink, electricity for lighting.
Finding the smallest positive in any situation is a great skill to master and over time this becomes a habit you incorporate into your lifestyle, leading to a healthier mindset and improved overall well-being.
Practising gratitude also enhances and changes the way life is perceived, often allowing situations to be viewed from a positive perspective rather than a negative mindset, which changes the entire way life is experienced. A truly powerful and life changing skill.
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Have a fabulous day, stay grateful.