Thankful February

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Inspired by a TED talk about gratitude and how it can improve your life (even re-wire your brain), we have decided as a family to do an experiment during February.

Every day during the dreary (but thankfully short) month of February we are going to identify and choose three things that we are grateful for (and why) and write them down.

So dead simple:

  • Every day in February
  • Identify three different things
  • Write them down

By concentrating on the positive – and having to strive to think about the positive, you can make a deliberate push for positivity.

Tips

Tips I have gleaned from other websites:

  1. Choose the same time each day
  2. Choose a time that allows reflection on previous day/current day (at dinner, following the gym, following a drive)
  3. Set reminders on your phone/calendar if needed.
  4. Get a new notebook or journal to write them in (or a google doc or something electronic if that is the way you work)
  5. Be specific about what you are grateful for and why

Examples

I am grateful:

  • For the hug my daughter gave me this morning showing me that I am loved.
  • For the thank-you note my boss sent me yesterday.  It made me feel like a valued member of the team.
  • That I had 10 minutes this morning to do whatever I wanted; it’s been a long time since I’ve just flipped through a magazine.
  • That my ankle seems fully healed.  Now I can get back to my regular running schedule which helps me feel good and energized.
  • For the milk in my fridge and the Cheerios in my bowl this morning.  I appreciate that I don’t have to worry about where my next meal comes from.
  • That the sun was shining during my walk into work.  The colors reflecting off the building were gorgeous.

Source: http://thehappinesscoach.biz/happiness-habit-1-gratitude/

References

Gratitude the Secret to Happiness – Huffington Post Article
Action for Happiness – website with lots of information and resources
Happiness Habit #1 – Gratitude – from the happinesscoach.biz website

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