You can think about 2016 later. The first day of the New Year it is more appropriate to think about what will make the biggest difference for you in 2017.
What will make the biggest difference for you in 2017?
Going the extra mile to find something to be grateful for every day. You can make gratitude a habit so that even without thinking about it becomes an integral part of every day.
If your morning routine begins by waking up being grateful you are going to have a great day. No matter how hard “real life” tries to take it away from you. Gratefulness is one of the most powerful forces on earth and you have absolute control over its impact in your life. Being grateful is a choice that each of us has to make at least once a day.
It’s a scientifically proven fact that gratitude will even defeat stress. If you’re having a tough day and you feel like stress is about to pull you apart one of the very best things you can do is stop, close your eyes and take several deep breaths, breathe slowly, hold it, and exhale slowly. Then, think of something that you are grateful for right now. You’ll find your stress melting away.
Building a new, positive habit it’s important to reinforce it. The best way to reinforce building a habit of gratitude is to make a record of the things that you’re grateful for.
Part of your habit of gratitude is writing down the things you’re grateful for. You don’t need a fancy notebook, the composition book above is less than a dollar at Walmart. You can also take advantage of an app like Journey. It’s a simple diary application and I use it. It’s not fancy, but it gets the job done, and it’s free.
There is a good reason to jot down things that you’re grateful for. First of all if you write things down as a matter of routine you will begin to look for those things. Guess what, when you look for something you find it. You’re likely to discover that family members and coworkers do any number of things on a daily basis that you’re grateful for but that you previously overlooked.
A second reason to keep a record is that when you’re having a bad day you can take a break, take a deep breath, and open your journal. Reading through all the things you’re grateful for will at least soften the blow of a bad day and usually it will chase it away.
Please take a moment and share with us something that makes you grateful. You’ll be surprised at how good it feels.
We’ll see you tomorrow, when we’re going to talk about expressing gratitude. It really is life-changing, we’ll see you then.