This time of year, we are prompted to think about what we are grateful for. (We are also prompted to eat too much and deal with our in-laws, but that’s not what this is about).
About three years ago, my daughter (then 7) was going through a long patch of complaining. Every day she woke up complaining about the day, the weather, school, friends – you name it, she was unhappy about it.
In desperation, I decided to try “mandatory gratitudes.” Every time she started complaining, I would demand 5 gratitudes. If she resisted, then it would become 10. Or 15. And the deal was, I had to match her gratitudes too.
By the time we were done, we would both generally be laughing a little at ourselves. And our day would become much better. And now, to be perfectly honest, she rarely complains at all.
Since then, I’ve read a lot about gratitude and the research is unanimous – a practice of gratitude is incredibly powerful for you and your life.
So with our national “day of gratitude” approaching,
here’s 4 simple and practical tips from me for ways to be more grateful every day:
• Make it something you do at a particular time, like when you wake up or are brushing your teeth, or right before bed.
• Try out having three ‘sections’ of your life – such as personal, work, and yourself – and think of one or two things in each area that you are grateful for.
• Don’t let yourself be grateful for the same things – be specific and look for new things every day.
• If you can’t think of anything to be grateful for, DON’T WORRY – the research has shown that just looking for something to be grateful for changes your mindset.
And what I am most grateful for right now? Well, it’s the team here at Earth & Sky.
They are incredible and remind me every day how lucky we are to be part of helping to make YOU and your business a success.