BEING Grateful vs just thinking about it
By now you know the importance of gratitude. It not only helps improve your disposition, it also lowers blood pressure and helps you manage stress more effectively. And it seems like these times are more stressful than ever so why not alleviate some of that stress…for free?!?
But here’s the mistakes most people make with practicing gratitude. Most people give lip service to their gratitude list and never actually tune in to and feel what they’re grateful for. And, they list the same 5 or 10 things every day creating a memorized list rather then a fresh, cultivated, and deeply personal daily list.
Many of us have kept gratitude journals, or lists of things to be grateful for, etc. But simply rattling off what your grateful for doesn’t actually help very much. You have to really tune into what you’re grateful for. In other words, being grateful for the sun but not stopping to see how feels on your skin is ineffective. For gratitude to start to work in your life, you need to stop and TAKE IT IN. You have to BE/FEEL grateful…not just record it.
And, choosing to be grateful for new things everyday is the way to really utilize gratitude to improve your moods. If you simply repeat the same few things every day, your brain just gets into a rut and you fail to see other things you could be grateful for. If however, you force yourself to come up with new things everyday, your brain will naturally look for other ways to feel grateful. Your focus will change to see the positive more often than the negative. And, when dealing with stressful situations, you’ll be able to de-stress more quickly.
And you can be grateful for little things. Being grateful for seeing beautiful flowers, or feeling grateful that your car got you from point A to B can as helpful as anything else. The important thing is to really feel into it.
So, yes, keep a gratitude journal or write your lists out daily. But, find NEW things to be grateful for and really tune into how it feels to have that deep level of gratitude.