Grateful & Happy?
I am grateful for rational eating and food choices. I am even more grateful for friends and family. I am grateful for life and good health. I did work at the hospital the last two days and it really puts my life in perspective. I am grateful to have a car that takes me faithfully to my job. The census of patients was very low, yesterday, almost half of normal. Each day is a very interesting array of challenges to meet. I spent some time in the Emergency room yesterday, as a nurse case manager. I think it has been a year since I had that assignment. Very different energy from the Oncology unit where I usually work. It was especially a stark contrast, since I was working both on the same day. In Oncology, we have end of life issues of patients wanting to find quality time with family prior to death. In the ER, it was the opposite with patients hastening death by purposefully, overdosing on medications and alcohol.
Jack Canfield’s Daily Appreciation Habits
Here are five easy ways to make appreciation part of your daily routine:
- Take 7 minutes each morning to write down all you appreciate in life. Starting your day this way primes you to be receptive and grateful for everything your day will bring.
- Appreciate at least 3 people every day. Most people enjoy receiving verbal appreciation. But written notes are also nice because they can be saved and re-read. Practice Uncommon Appreciation.
- Play the Appreciation Game. As the saying goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” Look for the good in all situations. When my wife was in a car accident a few years ago, she could have chosen to berate herself or question her judgment. Instead, she focused on her gratitude for suffering only minor injuries and for the help she received from other drivers.
- Carry a physical token of gratitude in your pocket, such as a stone, crystal or some other small item. As you reach into your pocket throughout the day and feel the token, use it as a reminder to stop, breathe and take a moment to fully experience the emotion of gratitude.
- Appreciate yourself. We all need acknowledgment, but the most important acknowledgment is what we give ourselves. In addition to celebrating your big successes, acknowledge your small daily successes too.
Your subconscious mind needs positive encouragement to pursue further achievements and to change any negative beliefs you hold toward praise and accomplishment. This powerful exercise requires you to appreciate yourself for the day’s accomplishments while talking to yourself in a mirror.
It may not feel natural at first to focus on appreciating what you already have. But by faithfully practicing the Daily Appreciation Habits outlined in this article, you’ll begin to change your conditioning.
Giving thanks should be more than an occasional exercise once year. Let it become a daily discipline that allows you to attract more of what you want from life. I invite you to experiment with this discipline over the next 30 days and watch your blessings multiply!
Most folks are about as happy as they make their mind up to be. Abraham Lincoln