What are you grateful for? When good things happen to us it is easy to be grateful because we are overwhelmed with the amazing things in our lives. However, there are also hard times in our life where it can be very difficult to be grateful and see any positives in our lives. In this episode of the Jonesin’ for Show I discuss some of the benefits of having a gratefulness mindset and share some ways to increase your gratitudes!
What can you be grateful for? Take ten seconds to think about people that have inspired you and have helped you out in some way. Those are great examples of people you can be grateful for.
You can be thankful for things, places, events, or anything else! Look for the positive things in your life, and it may be difficult. If it’s a struggle for you, maybe just try to find one thing at first, and then the next day try to think of a second one, then a third and so on.
Science has proven that there are benefits to looking for the positive things that you are grateful for. Some benefits are fewer aches and pains, feeling healthier in general, fewer toxic emotions and a clearer head, increased mental strength, and it helps you overcome tough times. You can reduce your stress, sleep better, improve your self-esteem, and much more, just by thinking about the positive things in your life.
Take a couple moments to just think about the things that you are thankful for in your life. If you struggle remembering to take time to think of things, set a reminder on your phone. You could also do what I do, which is take time in the morning to think of things you are grateful for, and maybe write them down as well. I personally try not to write down the exact same things every day so that I can expand my awareness of the things that I’m grateful for. Then at the end of the day I reflect back on my day and try to think of two great things that happened that day. I do this in my Priorities of Practice Journal which has set places for my gratitudes. You can get your very own here: PRACTICE OF PRIORITIES JOURNAL
Remember that your gratitudes don’t have to be huge; it can be as small as the first sip of coffee that you had in the morning. Thinking of things you’re thankful for in the morning primes your brain to be positive the rest of the day. Know that it probably won’t change your mindset right away. Keep going and you’ll start noticing a difference. People start to notice a slight shift after just 3-4 days. The more you do it, the more your mindset will shift towards the positive.
I would love to hear what you think about the Benefits of Being Grateful! Please send me a message on social media at @Jonesinfor or email me at [email protected] Thanks!