You will instantly experience positive feelings if you were to list 20 things that you’re grateful for right now.
Seeing the glass as half full not only gives us more positive emotions, but also helps us to deal with adversity, make better choices, build stronger relationships, live healthier and even improve productivity. While co-relation doesn’t mean causation, research in positive psychology has found these strong associations, which give us good reason to practice gratitude.
This is a gratitude exercise that everyone should be doing on a daily basis:
- Set a timer for 10 minutes (or however much time you have)
- Indiscriminately list as many things that you’re grateful for as you can
The key here is to avoid discriminating what comes up. Don’t label things as ‘superficial’, too minute or unworthy of your gratitude list. Being grateful for your appearance or the frivolous things that you buy for yourself is not superficial. Your silky hair, the ice cream in your fridge, your family and your health are all things that are worthy to be grateful for, even though some of them might play a more significant role in your life than others. Indiscriminately listing out what we’re grateful for also reminds us of things that we might have taken for granted.
The key here is to keep the momentum going and look for something, regardless of significance, to be grateful for. In this case, the more the merrier 🙂
“If there’s only one thing that you can do today, let it be acknowledging something that you are grateful for.”