Thank You by AChuckAllen
If I could encourage you to do one thing that I know would radically change your life, would you want to know about it? I would. If somebody could offer one simple thing that would radically improve my life, I’d at least try it.
Please trust me and try this. Start every single day with this simple exercise — Write down three things that you are grateful for right at that moment! You might say, well Chuck I don’t have anything to be grateful for. Sure you do! You are breathing, apparently reading and the Divine has seen fit to continue loving you without condition. I’d say you have a great deal to be grateful for!
The University of California in Berkley, not exactly your bastion of conservatism released a study that said: “Recent evidence suggests that a promising approach to better health, is to complement psychological counseling with additional activities that are not too taxing for clients but yield high results. In our own research, we have zeroed in on one such activity: the practice of gratitude. Indeed, many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed.”
I like happier and less depressed! I’ve been taking note, literally of three things that I am grateful for every morning for more than 2 years and I promise you that my heart is more at peace, my soul is more in tune and my desire to live at peace is radically improved. Just write down three things you are thankful for!
I have now learned to seek people that are grateful. They make me better. They tolerate all the stupid in our world so much better. They seem to be in a right frame of mind and they are simply more pleasant to be around. Just by introducing a simple practice of gratitude into their everyday lives.
So, start today. Write down three things that you are grateful for. Use a reminder, or get it into your calendar, or place a note on the coffee maker, or use the 5 Minute Journal and set the time for your reminder. Mine is set for 6:30am every day. I don’t always make it up at 6:30, but I never miss my gratitude practice…ever!
Need a bit more encouragement? “Psychology Today,” offers this nugget of truth;
“Stop feeling sorry for yourself,” we are often told. And while it can be hard to avoid self-pity entirely, mentally strong people choose to exchange self-pity for gratitude. Whether you choose to write a few sentences in a gratitude journal or simply take a moment to silently acknowledge all that you have, giving thanks can transform your life.”
You can read the entire article HERE.
Go ahead and insert this simple act of gratitude into your morning routine. I promise you that it will benefit you and the folks around you in a powerful way!
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