I was reading an article about how there is always something to show gratitude for, especially around this time of year during the holidays. The article spoke about how gratitude improves self-esteem and overall health. I believe there is really something to this. I have first hand experience with shifting my emotional condition by expressing my gratitude in what I have in my life. This is what has helped me get out of a rut numerous times . Some of you may find this cheesy, but this blog post isn’t for you people that think that. I am actually writing this for myself too, because most of what I post on here or in social media is comes from an internal monologue I have with myself, which I am actually putting out there in dialog for you guys to read in this blog post. So if you really want to get insights in using gratitude as a tool, keep reading. 

One great practice I like to do in the mornings is identify 3 things that I am grateful for shortly after I wake up. It can be something simple, like “I’m grateful I woke up” or “I’m grateful for my bed”. Just something simple is fine, don’t overthink it.  I have found that what this does is it shifts your mindset to a higher frequency. It’s an opportunity to interrupt those thoughts you are already having when you first get out of bed, which may be not so great thoughts in your ticker tape stream of consciousness. And we all know that however you start your day will most likely dictate how the rest of your day will go. Another good practice is to stop what you are doing, especially if you find yourself getting upset about something, and think about what you can be grateful for. This has worked for me very well, because a negative thought and a positive thought cannot occupy your mind at the same time. And I have found that thinking about something you can be grateful for has gotten rid of my upsetting thoughts when they come up because they seem to become insignificant and petty. 

So those are my two cents on gratitude. Try it out. If it works out, then great! Just like anything, you will need to practice this on a consistent basis. Also, it’s absolutely fine if you don’t want to practice this. Like Kelly Lee Phipps said, “if you argue for your limitations you get to keep them. But if you argue for your possibilities you get to create them”. 

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