Not in the guilt-ridden, obligatory way that nuns or Jewish mother’s told you when you were growing up. That’s a penance. Think instead about the people and events that you are truly grateful are a part of your life. The people who make you happy, and whom you make happy in return. What and whom would you miss if they were suddenly gone? Maybe it’s a friend, spouse, your children, a sibling, a great book, the good deed someone did you that day; maybe it’s a talent you have or something you enjoy doing. This can be hard especially if you mostly tend to scan the day’s horizon for the disaster and mayhem that make you a powerless victim. So start small.
To help with happiness we have created a simple tool that will gently prompt you to list three things you are grateful for. You can easily amend this and start with one thing a day if you like, or three things every few days. Whatever works for you, but the idea is to get into the habit of looking for the small joys in life that put a smile on your face rather than all of the annoyances and nastiness that lead inevitably to feeling lousy. This actually reroutes neural connections in your brain. You’ll find that after awhile rather than fearing trouble when you get up in the morning, you’ll be expecting success and happiness to come your way.
If you missed part one of this article, you can find it here.
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