10 minutes of happy: gratitude
Having goals is a great thing. Without them it’s hard to know where you’re headed, which decisions to make or what to plan for. It’s easy to get caught up in all the things we want to see in our lives. If you’re not careful, it could lead to feelings of inadequacy or overwhelming pressure.When there’s so much left to accomplish in this lifetime, I sometimes feel like I haven’t done enough or I’m not moving quickly enough. This is not a feeling I enjoy but I also recognize that it’s simply not helpful. I soon forget all the goals I have reached because I replace them with new ones to chase.
One of the best ways to curb the weight of things looming in the future is to be consciously aware of everything you already have. Expressing gratitude is a fast acting medicine that puts a whole lot of things into perspective. It’s a medicine that works best when used on a regular basis. It can be used for acute symptoms of stress or simply as an exercise to bring in more beauty to your world. I find that the more I express gratitude for things in my life, the more things I notice I am grateful for. It’s a beautiful cycle. Here’s what you can do anytime, anywhere to be given a shot of the powerful medicine:
No. 1: Grab a pen and paper.
You might need a few pages.
No. 2: Write it out.
Make a list of everything you’re grateful for. Get super specific or keep it broad, whatever feels right to you. Just keep writing until you can’t write anymore.
No. 3: Smile.
Look at all the beauty you have in your life! Your life fucking rocks and you’re capable of achieving amazing things. Your list is your proof.
Feel free to share what you’re grateful for in the comments below!
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