Okay, I wasn’t sure in the beginning about gratitude
I read about people starting Gratitude Journals and of course, Oprah Winfrey said that she wouldn’t pass a day without writing in hers… but I’m not Oprah Winfrey.
But then a friend of mine, who is Neuro-Scientist, said that scientific research is proving that engaging with a daily gratitude practice has REAL LIFE benefits for health.
For example, people who regularly practice gratitude have stronger immune systems. Experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, and sleep better. It helps with self-confidence and allows you to feel happier and more empowered in everything that you do.
Now that definitely caught my attention. But I thought well, I say ‘Thank you’ regularly, I’m a nice person… so how do I start? And I decided to find a daily Gratitude Practice that worked for me.
So to start with, I didn’t like the idea of writing in a book, imagine someone finding that!
And so, I decided to say a list of things that I was grateful for at the end of every day, just before sleep.
And guess what?
Everything that the scientists said was true! And my life is REAL living proof of that!
My immune system is powerful and I sleep like a baby. I am strong and happy in my life and I find great joy in the little things that I see throughout the day. I don’t sweat the small stuff so much and people who upset me have become a small buzzing noise rather than the tornado that they used to be.
But here’s something interesting… My nightly practice changed without my noticing….
I think that maybe my habit of being grateful at the end of each day has sneaked into every minute of my life.
So that when bad things happen or negative people try to bring me down, it just doesn’t affect me so much anymore.
This daily practice has made me more resilient than I ever thought was possible.
So let me help you with a few key gratitude ideas that started me on my journey.
And I wish for you the happiness, calmness, incredible strength, and joy that I have found in mine.
I decided at the beginning that I wanted to lower my stress levels, find a greater sense of calm, build my immune system and find new a self-confidence in myself.
So you should decide what you want from your 5 minutes. And then ask yourself at the beginning of each session of Gratitude how you’re doing with this.
For me, at the beginning, I wasn’t sure if there was any difference. But then I noticed that, because I was focusing daily on what was making me stronger and calmer, I didn’t allow myself to engage in the same ways with the bad stuff. And I started to notice that I was offering gratitude to the things that were making me feel good throughout the day.
I also noticed that if I took my day as being 100% of something and I was putting in more positive vibes, let’s say 10%, I wasn’t feeling as negative or as controlling as I was before. Then without my knowing the 10% turned to greater numbers the longer I kept going.
After a couple of months, that was a game changer for me. So remember to focus on what you want to get from the process. I guarantee that you’ll learn a lot about yourself and you’ll gain a fresh perspective that allows you to recognize blessings in disguise when they appear.
As you continue the practice, you’ll be able to focus your time and energy according to the things that truly make you the happiest version of yourself.
PROMPTS TO GET YOU STARTED
There are so many ways to fill your 5 minutes every day. And, science has proven that the more you practice gratitude, the easier it becomes for your brain to focus on the positive things in your life and give less weight to the negatives.
So I hope you enjoy your hobby and I hope that someday soon you will be so impressed with how you feel that you will share it with a friend
The Girl with the Corkscrew Hair