For the past month, I’ve be practicing the habit of gratitude. Every morning when I wake up, after writing my goals and planning my day, I begin writing down a list of things that I’m grateful for. It could be a good morning message from my friend in Germany, waking up in a house with running water and food in the fridge, living in Sydney, all my learnings and grateful for just being alive.
Doing this every single day and focusing on what I’m grateful for has truly changed my life for the better. Here’s a few things I’ve learnt since I’ve practiced daily gratitude.
Focus On The Positive
I’ve noticed that after practicing daily gratitude, I’ve built the habit of looking for the good in every situation. No matter how bad a situation is, you’ll find the positive side of it if you look hard enough. Most people would default to how bad a situation is and would complain, whine and blame other people. However when you practice daily gratitude, this habit of appreciating the small things in life spans across all areas of your life.
You’ll find that if you’re having a crappy day at work, you’ll automatically appreciate that crap that happens because at least you have a job and not unemployed or living under a bridge. If you’re having problems in your relationship, you’ll at least appreciate that you have someone in your life and knows who you are.
Focusing on the positive is one of the biggest benefits of practicing daily gratitude.
You’ll be a lot happier once you practice daily gratitude. Because you’re always appreciating the small things, this builds an internal source of positive energy that is not dependant on external circumstances. As with all things, there is a beginning and an end. Everything is impermanent and by depending your happiness on something that is always changing, you’ll always be miserable.
However by practicing daily gratitude, you’ll be happier because you’re appreciating the things you already have and not focused on what you don’t have.
As we work hard to achieve the things we want in this world, we end up getting stressed out in order to achieve it. We may work longer hours, we become more attached to things and we ultimately become anxious and stressed out. However if you practice daily gratitude, you end up appreciating even the problems that we have. We learn to reframe these problems and that we are sent gifts but they are simply wrapped in a problem.
As a result of viewing problems as gifts, we end up being less stressed and work hard to unwrap the problem to receive the gift.
Over time, we become more compassionate towards others. By practicing daily gratitude, you appreciate the ones around you. A simple message from a friend or from a loved one makes you appreciate them more and brings you closer. The other person will feel that you appreciate their actions towards you and ultimately you forge a stronger relationship with them.
If you’re feeling sad or depressed, I strongly urge you to try practicing the daily gratitude challenge for 30 days. Every morning, simply write a list of things you’re grateful for even if you don’t feel like it. This will change your way of life and you’ll be surprised on how happier you’ll become.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.