“When you appreciate the good, the good appreciates.”
This is quote from my "happiness" teacher, who also taught the most popular class at Harvard, “Happiness 101.” It's simply knowing that the more you give thanks and appreciate what you have, the more you will receive.
And it’s true. Science has proven it. Gratitude is one of the 12 most rigorously researched happiness boosts, offering a profound impact upon our happiness and well-being. Gratitude improves relationships, physical and psychological health, self-esteem and so much more.
Let’s try it.
This week, each night write down 5 things that you are grateful for. This will give you practice on being a benefit finder and it will change the wiring in your brain. It will train you to look for the positive.
The key when doing this is:
Maintain freshness – each night, do it as if you’re doing it for the first time
Introduce variety – if you want to focus on your child, focus on different things each time, his smile, the way he walks, etc. Write something differently, you look for different things to find and write
Do it mindfully – without distractions
Make it heartfelt – feel it. If you just write it, it means nothing, you’re just going through the motion.
Visualize it – after you write it, visualize it.
Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. This week, let's develop an “attitude of gratitude.”
End each day with grateful thoughts and you'll start each day with a grateful heart.