Another year is coming to an end. We all have plenty of memories, things we have done and are proud of. But if you were to name three things you are most grateful for, what would they be? Can you do it? Or do you have trouble feeling thankful because you are experiencing a challenging time and everything seems to be out of control?
Life is like a rollercoaster. When we accept the ups and downs in our lives as simply part of the living process, we can start working towards living in an attitude of gratitude. Try a gratitude journal. At the beginning or the end of each day, write down a few things you are most grateful for, however small they are – a good night’s sleep, a bright blue sky, a smile from a stranger… Find something to enjoy about what’s happening in your life instead of focusing on what is missing. Appreciate what you have today and release the attachment to how everything will work out in your life tomorrow.
Gratitude is a practice. What we focus on expands and what we remove our attention from diminishes. Focus on the positive in each day and begin the growing pattern of appreciating everything in your life. Once you settle into a daily pattern of focusing on what you are grateful for, you will start seeing positive rather than negative very soon!