A Simple Exercise to Help You Feel Better About Your Life, Just the Way It Is!
A Hidden Power within You
Are you feeling down about your life? Do you find yourself depressed with nothing to look forward to or that you simply don’t like the direction your life is headed?
Many people experience the same feelings every day. This article introduces a simple 4-minute way to help you feel better and to change your attitude.
Gratitude gives a burst of energy that we rarely experience. This article can help you experience the immediate power of feeling gratitude and help you feel better about your life, right now.
You can do this exercise anytime you are feeling down, a time when you may not feel like doing anything. However, this may be the time this exercise is needed the most.
Gratitude Is Something You Can Practice at Any Time.
The exercise is simple and easy. It consists of simple thinking and writing that can be done almost anywhere.
4 Minutes of Gratitude – A Simple Exercise!
An open mind and positive attitude are crucial for this exercise as well as an uninterrupted four minutes.
Begin by creating a list of things in your life for which you are grateful. Though there may be only a few things at the beginning of the exercise, it may help you identify things that you may be taking for granted.
These examples may be helpful to begin your thought process:
- Your home – You have a roof over your head.
- Your Job – You have an income to support you.
- Family – Those people that we love and are a part of our lives.
- Your friends – Those people you enjoy spending time with.
- Your prized possessions – We all have that special something that brings us joy. Feel the gratitude you have for those possessions that are special to you.
- You’re achievements – We all have some achievements we are proud of. You can feel gratitude for those accomplishments.
- Fresh air to breathe – Take a deep breath of air! It is clean, fresh, and abundant. As long as there is breath, there is hope!
- Electricity around the clock – Light, heat, air conditioning, television, and internet; all at our fingertips!
- Clean water for daily use – Have you noticed you have clean water for laundry, showering, cleaning, and more?
- Emergency services – Fire, police, and medical help is usually only a phone call away.
- Freedom – Having the freedom to choose or not to choose.
- You are alive! – You have choices to live as you desire!
As you take four complete minutes to write your list, focus on your feelings. Pause for a moment to savor the intense gratitude you feel. Do you feel better than you did before you began this exercise?
Feeling Grateful When Tragedy Hits
It is difficult to feel gratitude when faced with tragedy. Though you may have to search for it, there is a positive side.
- Loss of a loved one – Cherish the time you had with that person and the memories left behind.
- Incarceration of a loved one – Perhaps detention could prevent a situation from escalating and ultimately resulting in far worse circumstances.
- Financial loss – Losing what you have worked to attain can be devastating. However, material things can be regained; take comfort in family and friends that you still have close to you.
- Being grateful through trials and tribulations are confusing at best. However, a poor attitude tends to worsen the situation. Searching for the good in a situation and finding a brighter perspective may not solve the problem, but it will make you feel better; and with a better attitude, addressing the issues will be much easier.
Every Ounce of Gratitude Counts:
In such a disposable world, many things are taken for granted. It takes more significant and more important things to feel grateful. By realizing and feeling thankful for the smaller things, no matter how silly it may seem, gratitude becomes a habit.
Here are some examples of the LITTLE things you can be grateful for.
- Your pen – It allows you to put your thoughts on paper.
- A spoon, or fork, dish, and cup. Imagine eating without them.
- A cooling fan. Imagine working in the heat with no air and no fan.
- A heater. Ever work in a cold environment without heat?
- Your chair. imagine working at a desk without a chair
- Doors- imagine living in your house without them
When you get into the habit of being thankful for the little things, you’ll feel a significant boost of gratitude when something great happens.
During each day, take notice of things you can be grateful for on your way to work, beginning with your means of transportation. Be thankful for the people in your life; friends, colleagues, people you learn from, and people you look up to.
Creating a daily gratitude journal will take you to the next level of living a life of gratitude. This journaling can be done online with blogging or through social media, or keep it private in a journal or on your computer. It’s a matter of preference the important point is writing.
The Power of Gratitude:
Living a life with an attitude of gratitude has many benefits. Once you begin practicing, you will start to see a change in your life.
You will feel better about your life and have more energy. You may notice that doors will open up for you because you have changed your negative thinking to positive energy.
That’s the way I see it,