Gratitude – something we tend to forget

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Sometimes when I am feeling low, it is hard to remember that this is only a passing phase. I tend to focus on the immediate problems and issues that are troubling me and forget about more happier occasions. I feel low and brought down by situations that are really out of my control, yet affect my daily life.

One way I have found to turn this around is if I consciously stop these thoughts, and instead work towards something more positive. One really helpful idea I have found is to write a daily Gratitude Journal. This is something that focusses my mind, and stops the downward spiral of feeling sorry for myself.

So, my tips for you this week are:

  • Buy yourself an attractive notebook to use as your journal – there are lots of choice on the market
  • At the end of the day, get into the habit of writing down just one thing that you felt grateful for during that day
  • If you find it difficult to remember or write down, take a photo of anything that sparks your interest during that day instead
  • Share your grateful thoughts with your family, make sure you talk about it to each other

I believe we can change how we feel, it is all about our attitude. We sometimes get into a particular mindset and then find it hard to focus on the happier things that happen. What we need to do is to experience more joy.

One way to do this is by trying to get more in touch with the natural world all around us. Perhaps we can take more walks, and try to be in the moment as you walk. Don’t rush – take  your time, look around you and really notice the signs and symbols of nature. You will be surprised at what you notice, if you stop and take the time.

Remember to say thank you to your partner, your friends and colleagues. An interesting statistic shows that 81% of people at work said they would work harder if their work was appreciated and their boss said thank you from time to time.

Feel the joy of life’s goodness in your life – start your Gratitude Journal this week.

I hope you find these tips and thoughts helpful. I would love to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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