The other day I had a really bad mood. Almost the whole day. When I was finally able to shrug off my anger, I realized it’s very rare nowadays that my bad moods last for such a long period.
In my journal I write down on a daily basis all the things I am grateful for. As with everything new this was harder in the beginning then it is now. It used to cost me a lot of energy to think of even one thing I was grateful for. Now a list of 5 to 10 items is an easy job to write down at the end of the day.
Tell others you are grateful for them
My communication style is controller. I like to go from A to B in a straight line and move on after I get there. Resulting in being way too brusque for some people and unintentionally hurting them.
Telling others I am grateful they are in my life and inspiring me are things I must keep reminding myself to do. It’s worth the effort.
Giving others a compliment or offering them a small token of my appreciation gives them a good feeling, but as you can imagine, it makes me feel good as well. How’s that for hitting two nails with one hammer!
I always like to see it as a chain reaction as well. If I make someone else happy with a compliment, I have this mental picture of them returning the favor to another person. Can you imagine what this would mean for the world if this became an endless loop?
Inspiration comes in many forms
Alice Herz was a Jewish pianist who had been imprisoned during the second World War. Despite the humiliations she endured she still was able to see the good in life and to be thankful.
She kept saying everything is a present, even when her only son died before her in 2001. She died in 2014, when she was 110 years old, and played the piano almost to her last days.
What an amazing woman. Tony Robbins had an interview with her when she was 108. Fantastic to see.
What are the benefits
- Even when you fake being grateful in the beginning, you will end up feeling happy
- A positive mindset lets you see more possibilities
- If you read back in your journal you discover the things that give you real pleasure
- You become more appreciative of the small things in life
- Being thankful can even lower blood pressure
- Your relationships deepen
- It’s easier to make new friends
- You sleep better
- Improves your self-confidence
Do you need some inspiration?
If you have difficulties to come up with things to be grateful for, this list might help you.
- You got out of bed this morning
- A stranger smiled at you
- Your family
- You learned from a mistake you made
- Your spouse said “I love you”
- A friend called
- Morning coffee
- Your creativity
- The interesting book you are reading at the moment
- Ability to see, hear, taste, feel, smell
- Today’s weather
- . . .
In a lot of religions it’s customary to say grace, but if you are not religious like me, do you still make it a habit to be thankful on a regular basis? Let us know in the comment box below.