When you look into your day, there are blessings everywhere. Put your focus on today. Even if you had a rough start to the day, look for the little things that went right and say it out loud to yourself: I am grateful that ______________. (Fill in your blank.)
Begin to shift your focus and look for reasons to be grateful. One of the easiest ways to accomplish big results in looking for opportunities to be grateful is to create gratitude for others. Kindness shown to strangers is the fastest way to encourage gratitude growth within you and for the people who cross your path. If you need ideas for random acts of kindness, our Premiere issue has a ton of simple ideas!
For 30 days, make the commitment to participate in at least one act of kindness per day. It can be online, in the grocery store, for a neighbor, or just for someone who is in a hurry and cut you off in traffic. Suspend judgment and negative emotions in that moment and create an energy of peace for yourself and the person. This will create an environment for gratitude to grow at a surprising pace.
Keep a journal of your experiences. Start your journal with how you are feeling today and the overall emotional state that you are in right now. If you are worrying about life, finances, family, etc.... journal it. Then suspend that worry for just a bit, while you focus on giving someone else a reason to be grateful. Document your activity daily and each day, start your journal with how you are feeling. The goal is to see how your emotions and problem solving skills will flow into a state of ease. The only way that you'll see the changes happen in the 30 days is to document your state of emotions.
Rate each day on a gratitude scale of 1-10. How grateful are you today? It's ok if it is low. This is not about being perfect at gratitude. This is about cultivating a garden of gratitude, and creating a place for gratitude to take on a life of its own.
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Wendy & All of us at Our Soul Oasis