Who has ever thought I’ll be happy when…
'I get my degree'
'I’ve received a promotion'
'I've bought my dream house'
I am 100% guilty of this, there is always something to strive for, thinking that once you reach that goal you’ll be happy. Maybe it's true, but if you’re anything like me it’s true until the happiness bubble wears off and then you’re onto the next thing on your list. Constantly striving for the next achievement that you think will make you happy; this can be exhausting.
Instead of thinking what WILL make me happy, think, what DOES make me happy. Otherwise known as GRATITUDE. Helping to shift l will be happy when, to I’m happy now.
Do you have a gratitude journal? There are so many benefits to putting pen to paper and writing down the things you are grateful for. Forbes* have listed 7 reasons:
Gratitude opens the door to more relationships
Gratitude improves physical health
Gratitude improves psychological health
Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
Grateful people sleep better
Gratitude improves self-esteem
Gratitude increases mental strength
So why not dust of your journal and take time to do this today!
Here's a gratitude meditation which can be incorporated into your week:
- Start by taking a comfortable seat, sit up tall either on a chair or on the floor.
If it feels ok to do so, close your eyes. Start to focus on the breath, breathing in and out through your nose.
- Take a moment to call to mind the people that you love and are grateful for, consider these relationships, what is it about them that you truely appreciate. Hold this in your mind, reflect for a few moments.
- Now call to mind any recent experiences that you've been grateful for. Hold this in your mind and take a moment to be grateful.
- Now think about personal qualities that you posses, that you are grateful for and appreciate. Maybe those that you have learnt or born with. Just take a moment here.
- Notice how you feel, maybe turning the corners of the mouth upwards, yes into a smile!
- Feel the love and gratitude filling your whole body. Take a nice deep breath in through the nose out through the nose, and then slowly begin to blink eyes open.
This practice can be used if you’re ever in a place of stress, anxiety and worry, if we decide to think about something we are grateful for, in this moment we can’t have the negative feelings at the same time.
"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance"
- Eckhart Tolle
Make sure you check out my new 5 Day Challenge - one of the daily challenge is a gratitude meditation. Click Here to join.