One of the most powerful ways I’ve found to harness the abundant energy of gratitude is as simple as starting a gratitude journal. You don’t even have to crank out countless pages with laundry lists of things you think you “should” be grateful to have. In fact, Richard Wiseman states in his book 59 Seconds:Change your life in under a minute, you can reap the benefits of reflecting on that which you are grateful to have by simply writing down 5 things you are grateful to have in your life right now. Scientific studies have actually proven these effects to take place quickly and last for months from just a few moments of concentrated thought. Participants of the study reported feeling happier, more optimistic, and physically healthier – and they even exercised more!
So, today I would like to remind myself to be grateful that I have:
- family that loves me
- a cozy,warm shelter; especially when I heard sleet outside at 6 am this morning
- a job where I get to learn something new almost everyday
- great friends who are always willing to lend a helping hand or a sympathetic ear
- access to delicious organic and locally grown foods