If there is one exercise I would ask all my clients to do it would be to start a gratitide diary!

It’s easy to go through life constantly thinking about what might have gone wrong that day or dwelling on things we could improve in our lives. You know what it’s like. You’ve had a hard day at work, an argument with a friend, you’re worried about your finances or generally feeling down about things and all of a sudden you have worked yourself up into a real state. However, this kind of cumulative negative thinking can be very bad for your health and general well-being if left unchecked and can make a challenging day ten times worse.

One of the most effective things you can do to counteract this spiral of negativity and take back control is to simply start being more aware and grateful of what you do have instead. So rather than concentrating on what is going wrong; why not start focusing on what is going right? Doing this very quickly reminds you of all the wonderfully positive things in your life and the bad day that you were previously having can be transformed in an instant.

Your Challenge!

a. List ten things about what is good in your life today. If you are feeling really inspired you could even find an old notebook and turn it into your very own gratitude diary to write down whatever you are thankful for on a daily or weekly basis. Reading it back at a later date will also help re-energise you when you might be feeling a bit low in the future.

b. Find the time to call, email or speak to someone in person who has helped you recently to thank them and explain why you are grateful. It will make their day and yours!

Remember…

“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank or in your wallet, you are among the top 80% of the world’s wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.”

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