Attitude of Gratitude, Baby
A few years ago, I started a gratitude book that completely changed my life. My counselor recommended this exercise to me, which I thought was total bogus, but figured I’d give it a shot. I would sit down every evening and write 5 things I was grateful for. Believe it or not, finding 5 things I was grateful for was really challenging for me. My thoughts had become so negative that even the good things in life didn’t seem good. Basically, I was a pessimistic person and even the good had some negative aspect in my mind.
After a few months of filling my gratitude book, life began to shift. Not all at once, but gradually over time. It was no longer hard for me to find gratitude and in fact, it was hard for me to find something I wasn’t grateful for. My book was filled with gratitude for things like my bed, my house, the sun, the rain, my family, yoga, morning coffee, cupcakes, my job, my body, my big heart, etc. Eventually, things that I used to see as negative, I began to see in a positive light. Even the negative and horrible experiences I went through began to have a positive spin. I started to find gratitude and positivity in the struggle, because without the darkness I couldn’t see the light.
This gratitude book has not just become an evening practice, but a way of life. I started to notice all the negative thoughts I was having (believe me, there were a lot) and I instantly changed them to a positive. I came across a quote that states, “The mind is everything. What you think is what you become” and I 100% agree with this quote. What you tell yourself is what fills your body with energy. Do you want to spend your life in negativity or do you want to spend it with so much gratitude you could burst? Do you want to look back on your life wishing things were different or do you want to enjoy every moment and be grateful for everything you have been given? This is a choice and a powerful and important one. Fill your mind with positive thoughts and your life will become positive. Find an Attitude of Gratitude, Baby. You won’t be sorry you did!