Chloe and I believe, the key to finding happiness is Gratitude.
Gratitude is an emotion similar to appreciation that most people are familiar with. We put ourselves in a great mood thinking and writing about things we are grateful for. If you feel like your life isn’t as blissful as you would like, here’s a one approach to help replenish your joy.
Research shows that feeling gratitude transforms our moods and our brains. Dr Robert A Emmons, who called gratitude ‘the hidden factor in happiness’, found that grateful people experience reduced stress and depression whilst enjoying higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality and optimism. So, by practicing grateful thinking you can reduce your stress levels and take control of your happiness levels.
There are a variety of things that can raise positive feelings of appreciation, or gratitude – Read on below for our top 5 tips, that could help you become happier!
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Focus on the qualities of others
Every day, find a moment to sit with your partner, family member or friend and feel appreciation. Let gratitude wash over you. Pour your love and appreciation into your relationship. Saying thank you makes the other person happy and will strengthen the emotional bond. With lots of positive emotions associated with feeling appreciated. When was the last time you thanked any of these people for being in your life?
Flip your thinking
When the issues of daily life appear large, retrain yourself to find something positive from the situation. This may feel unnatural at first, but you will quickly notice that your attitude really does depend on your perspective.
“This isn’t a failure. It’s an opportunity to grow.”
Writing down a few things you are grateful for is probably the easiest and most popular gratitude exercise available. The purpose of the exercise is to think back on the past day, few days, or week, and remember 3-5 things you are especially grateful for. In this way, you are completely focusing on all the good things that happened to you in a given set of time. It is important that you serve your practice to what you need. Maybe journaling every day for a short amount of time will work it is important that you sincerely pay attention to the things you are grateful for. Imagine your life without the things you are grateful before you begin writing – That should definitely boost your gratitude gauge
The secret to this exercise is that the stone is just a symbol, a physical object you can use to remind yourself of what you have.
You can pick any stone you want, whether you like it because it’s pretty, smooth or has an appealing texture, or because you picked it up from a special place. Alternatively, they make a gorgeous gift and you can purchase one of ours here. Carry this rock around in your pocket; leave it on your desk where you will see it throughout your day.
Whenever you see it or touch it, pause to think about at least one thing you are grateful for. Whether it’s something as small as the sun shining down on you in this moment or as large as the job that allows you to feed yourself or your family just think of one thing that brings you joy or fulfilment.
When you take the stone out of your pocket or off of your body at the end of the day, take a moment to remember the things that you were grateful for throughout the day.
When you put it on or in your pocket again in the morning, repeat this process to remember what you were grateful for yesterday.
Not only will this help you remember the things you are grateful for, it can also trigger to be more mindful in your day. It will bring you out of your head and into the present moment, giving you something to focus your attention on. It can also act as a switch to more positive thinking.
A gratitude walk is a simple way to find the things you are grateful for in your life. This may be difficult at first, but you’ll soon find a nearly limitless list of things to be grateful for. When you are going through a particularly rough time try cleansing your mind and your soul with a gratitude walk.
The goal of the gratitude walk is to observe the things you see around you as you walk. Be aware of the nature, the colours of the trees, the sounds the birds make, and the smell of the plants. Notice how your feet feel when you tread onto the ground.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is on your gratitude list today?