Recently, I’ve been working on my gratitudes in life. I’ve spent more time than normal thinking about what I’m grateful for and reflecting on my day as a way of appreciating the little things in life and being thankful for what life has brought me. It’s never really something I’ve thought about doing. Occasionally, I would jot down my feelings and talk about how they’ve made me feel but I’ve never really thought about focusing on the things that I’m most grateful for. I can honestly say that it has made me feel a whole lot better about myself and I’m glad that I’ve encouraged myself to stick to it.

The idea was first recommended to me by one of my amazing team members. They suggested waking up every morning and writing 3 things that I was grateful for and more recently, I’ve been expanding on them and talking about how they have made me feel. The idea is that it allows me to perceive recent events differently, it creates longer-lasting memories and it’s a great way to reflect and be proud of myself!

Once I’ve written my gratitudes down and talked about how they made me feel, I stick them up in the corner of my mirror so I can read them and be reminded of them every time I walk past. It means that they aren’t being ignored and they’re constantly reminding me to feel good and congratulate myself on small successes. They really have allowed me to be easier on myself and they’ve discouraged me from overthinking.

This is something that I’ve been doing for about 3 weeks now and I can honestly say that it’s working. It’s become a habit in my daily routine to pick up a pen and a piece of paper and write down a few things that I’m grateful and thankful for. It takes a few minutes out of my day and adds in hours of feeling good. The gratitudes don’t only act as things that I’m thankful for but they’re also about making me realise that I’m proud of myself because I was successful the day before and I will be successful today.

It’s a really simple and really effective way to cheer yourself up and encourage yourself to go something good today. Try it, when you wake up tomorrow, write down 3 things that you did today that you are grateful for and that you are proud of yourself for doing. Or, let me know in the comments below. What have you done today to make you feel proud? : )

Yugen – A thought about the universe which triggers an emotional response too complex for definition.

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