I have a simple gratitude project anyone can try for making life better.
I know, because I’ve been experimenting with it for almost a year.
Begin each day with a statement of gratitude and see how much your better day goes.
Pause during the day — especially if frustrations mount at work or home — for a quiet moment of gratitude, and note how your outlook improves immediately.
End the day with gratitude.
This can done in prayer or meditation. It can be a simple affirmation.
Practice this: “I am grateful for …”
Focusing on such basic affirmations of gratitude — practicing mindfulness, in the moment — has helped me deal with disability and chronic pain.
It has helped me manage my pain without any medication. I have had only one Tylenol so far this year.
It has helped me manage frustration and other negative emotions.
Gratitude has been a motivator, helping me see the world through a more optimistic lens, even on bad days.
It has helped me to be healthier, and to be stronger. I’ve been more productive; my writing has blossomed in new ways.
Sorry, Oprah. Sorry, Tony Robbins
I’m no Pollyanna. I don’t believe people who insist you can live in a positive state of mind all the time. (Sorry, Oprah. Sorry, Tony Robbins.)
I’m unemployed, and that’s more than enough reason to be cynical about people who insist a positive attitude solves everything.
I can’t say I live in a state of constant bliss, but I do live in a constant state of gratitude.
The simple gratitude project I began almost a year ago has made my life better.
TOMORROW: The ripple effect of being grateful for One. Small. Thing.