I first started my gratitude practice about five years ago. I’d got stuck in a bit of rut, tended to focus on the negative and had a blamey attitude. I got frustrated easily and often felt like the world was conspiring against me.
I decided to keep a gratitude diary and each morning wrote down ten things that were making me happy and the reasons why.
It completely changed how I see the world.
• I let go of feeling frustrated. If my train was delayed, I could see it was such a tiny thing to feel annoyed about and in the grand scheme of things, it just didn’t matter. I could apologise if I was late and people would understand.
• I saw my life as a full picture. Yes, I may have had bad things happen but I also have so much happening which is positive too. It helped me gain a more balanced viewpoint.
• I felt more in control of my own life. I felt less as though events were conspiring against me and more optimistic. I now realise I have responsibility for my thought processes.
• Small things made me smile. A friendly chat with a stranger or an offer of help from a colleague lifted my spirits and brought me joy. I noticed what was right in front of me.
• It felt like the world was more on my side. I could be running late and my train would be magically delayed by just the right amount of time for me to step straight on. It felt like life was in harmony.
• I started to count my blessings. I noticed how much I have and how lucky I am.
And as a result, I’m much happier.