A Simple Guide to Making Gratitude a Part of Your Life
By Alisha Dhillon
Gratitude. The word is everywhere right? People talk about it so much and it’s for a good reason: the magnitude of gratitude is unparalleled. For example, if I’m feeling down and I indulge myself in a pity party, things can get very dark. But when I’m sad and I try instead to make a list of things I’m grateful for, my mind doesn’t quite make it to that dreary place. Just that simple task creates a sensation that doesn’t allow me to hit the low mood I would otherwise reach.
You know when you’ve got a ton of work to do and instead of starting that work you decide to empty the dishwasher or do your laundry? It’s the strangest thing, but you feel somewhat satisfied after completing these tedious tasks and are thusly able to procrastinate longer without the crippling guilt you may otherwise feel! It’s a dangerous habit that I’m all too familiar with. I’ve found that the same level of pride can be achieved through writing the gratitude list; except doing this instead of cleaning could improve your life! The self-satisfaction comes from doing something you didn’t absolutely have to do. It’s a very addicting sentiment but with a task like this, addiction is a positive thing.
Start small, all it takes is a few minutes of your time during whatever part of your day is most convenient for you.For those of you who understand the law of attraction and the universe, you know that it takes more than just writing down some words; you have to feel the gratitude and let it rule your mind. But getting in the habit of writing the gratitude list is a good start.
Once you add creating a gratitude list into your routine, you can start to feel the gratitude as you write it and that will increase your good feelings tenfold. Lifestyle changes are hard and for a lot of people, if not most, they don’t happen overnight. So give it a go tonight or whenever you can and see how you feel afterward. If you feel better, try again the next day and so on.