“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous
A lot of us focus on the big, exciting achievements in our lives. Some of the bigger moments in your life that bring you joy might be a career step, a wedding, or a new house. It’s not bad to be happy about these big milestones, but it's important to stop and appreciate the little things.
Every day, you experience happy moments that you might overlook if you aren’t intentional. Often, people simply don’t realize that there are those pieces of positivity. There are good things that happen in your everyday life.
To start, you might consider making a gratitude journal.
You can write down just three things that make you happy each day. While some days it might be hard to find three things, you can dig a little deeper. For example, you can include the fact that you have a home, a job, and food to eat. These things aren't as big as a promotion at work or a new baby in the family, but they shouldn't be ignored.
Let's say you leave late for work, show up to a presentation unprepared, and forget to make an important phone call. While this could be classified as a bad day, you can rewire your brain to see it as a good day, where a few things went wrong. You might find the positives to be that you got a message from an old friend and didn’t miss anything at work despite being late.
It can be difficult to get past the idea of a day with a few negative moments being a bad day overall. With some practice, you can rewire your brain, so you're more thankful. You will have less to grumble or complain about.
Getting into practicing gratitude can encourage you to look at life as a whole more positively. You will focus on what you have instead of what you don’t. You can pay attention to the bright things in your life amid any darkness you might be experiencing.
It’s important to still feel those negative emotions you might feel. You don’t want to suppress them entirely. But it is very beneficial to create a more positive mindset overall.
As you go about your day, I want to challenge you to give thanks for the positive moments, no matter how big or small they may be. Write them down or keep track of them yourself so you can add them to your journal.