Grab a pen and paper and a timer. Okay, for one minute list all the things you are grateful for. Ready, set, go!
Stop! How many did you list? If you can think of that many things in one minute, how many other things could you list in a longer period?
More importantly, how did you feel for that one minute when you were making your list? Were you angry? Whiny? Probably not. Maybe you were even smiling. Gratitude will soften anger, counter complaining, comfort sadness, and lift our spirits.
Now that the minute is over and you are looking at your list, how do you feel? Still grateful? That’s the gratitude afterglow.
This is an easy technique to use anywhere and anytime. I used it most recently when I was stuck in a situation I was eager to get out of. I was starting to get fidgety and grumpy. I looked at the clock and for one minute I mentally listed things I was grateful for. At the end of the minute, I had relaxed, and if I was still not enthusiastic, I was at least pleasantly and comfortably resigned to being patient with a good attitude!
One minute is a small investment in what could be a major shift in your perspective. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you.
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There) is a program to help us develop habits to grow a joyful spirit. Many of us sabotage our happiness by habits that we might not even be aware of. Identifying and changing these habits can build a reservoir of well-being to enhance our happy times and sustain us during challenging times.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Change Your Life in One Minute
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With an attitude of gratitude it's impossible to have a lousy day! :-)ReplyDelete
This is a great idea Galen.....I have kept a gratitude journal for years. It has helped me tremendously.ReplyDelete
I use this technique each night before bed as I give thanks for all my blessings. It always works.ReplyDelete
This is an awesome idea. I know that I am happier when I have a more thankful heart.ReplyDelete
Blessings to you for a uplifting and inspiring post!
Great post loved the exercise, keep it up
Kind Regard Mel
darlin--That's a great saying. We should all put that on our refrigerator!ReplyDelete
Jo--A gratitude journal is a wonderful idea!
Kara--I bet you have sweet dreams after that joyful bedtime practice.
LeAnn--There is a definite link between happiness and gratitude.
I would like to feature you and this post at the beginning of November to go with Thanksgiving. This is a great idea!
Let me know your thoughts on this.
A gratitude afterglow....that is a beautiful image.ReplyDelete
Great idea... think I'll do it with the kids too.ReplyDelete
Bob--Thanks. I like that image, too.ReplyDelete
BM--Great idea to do it with the kids! Family habits of gratitude will create a strong foundation for your kids. Let me know how that goes!
Hey Galen. I know the power of being grateful (only really discovered it in the last few years), but it's something that I need to remind myself to do everyday.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the post.