How many times in a day do you catch yourself complaining about all those little things? Like, ‘there were too many people on the bus’, ‘my salad took ages to arrive’, ‘it’s too cold in the office’.
All of these tiny complaints add up and create negative energy within ourselves and our bodies. We then project that negative energy into the world around us. Compounded, this negative energy leads to a negative world and can have an even worse impact on your health.
So what’s the solution? Gratitude. An attitude of gratitude.
Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, what didn’t happen, and what you don’t like about a situation, do the opposite. Yes, there are times when a situation just all-around sucks and there’s nothing you can do about it, but let’s be honest, these moments are rare. There’s usually always a way to see the silver lining.
Robert A. Emmons, Ph. D is a leading researcher on gratitude. He’s conducted countless studies into the link between gratitude and an increased sense of well-being. His studies have confirmed that there is a direct link between gratitude and increased happiness + a reduction in depression. By simply practicing gratitude, we are able to increase our own happiness! No new clothes or chocolate required.
It’s easy to just think, “I’ll be more grateful” but in reality, your brain is more likely to switch to the opposite of gratitude. It’s how we are programmed by society. So how do you change this behaviour? Building healthy habits takes time and one great way to start is with a two-week programme. Soon the practice of gratitude will become a part of your daily routine.
Take our gratitude challenge!
We want to help you change the way you think, and help you introduce an attitude of gratitude into your life. We’re bringing gratitude back and we challenge you to join us!
All you need is a book, a pen and a positive attitude.
Here’s how to participate:
- Wake up every day and write down something that you’re grateful for. It could be the view from your bedroom, the comfortable pillow you slept on or the fact that you are alive!
- Before you go to bed each night, write down something you were grateful for that happened that day.
Try this for 2 weeks and take note of the impact it has on your life. Did it make you more aware of all the little complaints you make? Did it help you to shift your perspective and try to see the positive more often? If so, try it for another 2 weeks. And consider adding this into your life as a daily practice.
You will find that over time practicing gratitude will encourage you to think more positive thoughts and start to see the glass as half full. You will become more mindful when you catch yourself complaining and begin to change this negative behaviour into something positive.
We’d love to see what you’re grateful for in your life. Share it with us on Instagram by using the #dailygratitude and tagging @eatablefriendly and @TGWKMagazine. If you would rather keep this challenge a personal thing, then we will just vibe off all the positive energy you’re putting out into the world. 🙂
We challenge you to be part of our gratitude challenge and see how it not only impacts your life but, the world around you. Tell us in the conversation box below — what are you grateful for?
Ash & Em
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