By taking time every day to focus on everything you have, rather than dwelling on the things you don’t, by appreciating your blessings and fostering an attitude of gratitude, is one of the easiest ways to improve your life. And there’s no better time to start than now.
Quite simply, it makes us happier. By spending just a few minutes a day reflecting on what we have to be grateful for – by paying conscious attention to what’s good instead of what’s bad – can make us feel a lot more positive about our lives, which in turn makes us happier.
It increases our well-being … physical, psychological and emotional. Being grateful for what we have has a positive effect on our self-esteem, and reduces toxic emotions – regret, resentment, envy, frustration. It’s said that gratitude increases happiness, and so reduces depression. Physically, grateful people are more inclined to take care of their health, to eat well and exercise more. And gratefulness during times of stress leads to resilience.
It make us more optimistic. The more we realise how much we have to be grateful for, the more we find to be grateful for. It’s a positive circle.
It helps us sleep better. It’s thought that if we spend 10 or 15 minutes completing a gratitude journal last thing at night, we’ll go to bed in an optimistic frame of mind, which will lead to a better night’s sleep.
It improves our relationships. If we’re grateful, we have less aggression, less jealousy, are less self-centred and have more empathy. It makes us happier and positive … which means we’re nicer to be around. Whether it’s friends, a romantic partner or work associates … if we practise gratitude ourselves, and are grateful to others, our relationships improve. Just one more thing to add to our ‘grateful for’ list.
It allows us to appreciate what we have. If we’re grateful for what we have, we become less materialistic. And no longer being obsessed with having more, makes us content. Which is mentally a really good place to be.
JOURNAL YOUR GRATITUDE AND YOUR GOALS
If you agree that developing an attitude of gratefulness will enhance your life, you’ll love these locally designed and created journals. The Gratitude Attitude Journal – 100 days of intentional daily focus on gratitude, is undated and has a page-a-day, helping you to focus on what you are grateful for and what you have to look forward to the following day. Besides getting one for yourself, these are the perfect gift for Christmas this year, when many people are thinking about actually living the life of their dreams, after realising how precious their days are.
In the same range – and equally as inspiring, is the Inspired Change Journal – all about goal-setting and formulation, with 100 days of productivity and focused action-tracking to help take small steps daily and consistently get closer to your dreams. There’s space to tailor the journal for your specific dreams and goals, and unlike many of the journals we’ve seen, this one is professional and sophisticated in an easy to manage size.
The Gratitude Journal comes in raspberry or charcoal and costs R350, the Inspired Change Journal comes in black, charcoal and grey and costs R480. There are also notepads – Goals, Feed Your Focus, and Make Magic Happen, from R80 to R150, or R280 for the set (another great gift for a goal orientated friend). All available online.
Details: inspiredchange.co or Instagram at inspiredchangejournal
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We’ve got a set of these journals to give away … to stand a chance of winning (and being seriously grateful!), enter on Get it National’s website under Competitions.
Entries close December 15.