daily gratitudeAt a recent breakfast I attended with Tim Ferriss author of The 4 Hour Work Week, he spoke of his morning ritual, one of the key rituals he does every day is write down 3 things he is grateful for each morning. This gave me a kick up the bum as it used to be one of my morning rituals too.

Documenting my daily gratitude was introduced to me by my first mentor and it was something I had done every morning for 4 straight years. Then I kind of forgot about them. It’s not that I was un grateful, but I was missing out on taking the time out to reflect and express gratitude daily. From listening to Tim it reminded me of the importance of taking a small amount of time each day to record what it is I have to be grateful for each day.

For example today I was grateful for:

  1. My two children who slept the whole night unbroken (parents will understand this simple joy)
  2. My morning coffee (it was sensational)
  3. The delayed onset muscular soreness from “Leg Day” indicative of a great workout the day before

These simple gratitudes set me up for a positive day, by focussing on what I should be thankful for, before the day, environment and influences get me thinking about what I don’t have in my life.

Write down 3 things each day you are grateful for, and over  the course of 1 year they will add up to over 1000 gratitudes! I have found that the more I express gratitude the more that comes into my life that I can feel gratitude towards. There is always something to be grateful for, savour moments, count blessings, learn the lesson from a setback, appreciate sight, sound, mobility, and fathom abundance.

Daily gratitude is a key strategy for happiness, it is present orientated and puts life into perspective.

  • Gratitude helps us realise what we have. This can reduce our need for wanting more all the time.
  • Gratitude strengthens relationships, reduces stress, improves health and, in general, makes us happier

This TED Talk on Gratitude is an amazing clip that will help get you in a mindset of gratitude, by focusing on our world and the gift that is, this very day.


 

Practice daily gratitude, share your passion, focus on your blessings and not on your ‘things’

Each day is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.

Elliott