Gratitude has popped up twice this year in a big way. After I read Oola by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl, I started trying to write down one thing I was grateful for each day. I tried to be specific and it had to be different every day. At the Young Living convention Shawn Achor talked about happiness. I followed up by reading his book The Happiness Advantage. One of his strategies to improve happiness is to write 3 things you are grateful for each day. I started writing at least one grateful statement on March 17th. I’ll admit that I have missed a few days but that’s usually because I’m busy with family and friends. I’ve been doing it long enough now that I can tell when I miss. I think about it but writing it down makes a difference.
Some of the things I have written:
* I’m grateful that (friend’s name) is in a happy place with her new home.
* Grateful for a great place for sewing. I don’t have to clean up when I stop for the day.
* Grateful that I get to be in the bell choir at my church. It’s fun.
* Grateful for my hairdresser. She gets me and I trust her.
* Grateful that people like to visit and hang out at my house.
Ok. That’s enough. Well, one more- so grateful that I have spent the last 6 weeks surrounded by family. It included trips to Utah and Colorado, special time with both my children and their spouses and all of the grandkids have had special time (without parents) at our house. Life is good.
Here comes the challenge for you. Find something to be grateful for every day. It is not that easy to write something different every day. My examples may seem trivial but it’s often the simple things that matter. I am often grateful for family but it needs to be different and specific.
Give it a try for two weeks and leave me a comment about how it went. Most people that I’ve talked to about this think they are pretty happy. But who doesn’t want to be a little happier?