The trick to happiness

What if I told you there is 1 simple thing you can do that would make you healthier, sexier, sleep better, look younger, be more popular and increase your happiness to the same level as doubling your annual income?
It sounds too good to be true. But not only is it true, its free, requires no training, no special equipment and you can start right this second.
Do you want to know what this magic is?

Yes, saying thank you. Being thankful for the good things in your life. I’m not making this up, lots of research has been done, Google it.
It sounds very simple, and it is. Like many things that are simple, it’s not always easy.

Some days it feels impossible to find something to be grateful for. Sometimes life is shit beyond belief and if you look closely, you will still find something to be thankful for, even if that is nothing more than you survived through this day and are stronger for it.

When you have an amazing day, it’s easy to know what you are grateful for; the skill and the benefit comes from practicing finding something every day, especially the shit days.
I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal since the beginning of this year and I honestly feel like it’s had a massive impact on my outlook on life. To begin with I sat looking at a blank page wondering what on earth I was going to write. Some early entries include my ability to sew buttons, not having to drive in the snow and having a small amount of expendable income. I’ve found that now, when someone doesn’t help me when I ask, or “let’s me down” in some way, I can be grateful for that too, because I either had to find another way or the courage to do something myself.
My challenge to you is to start today.
There are 2 simple steps.
1. Make a note of what you are thankful for. I aim for 3 things a day – try and vary it as much as you can. You can note it down any way that takes your fancy. I like a notebook, some people fill a jar with post-it notes, you could use the notes app on your phone. You don’t even have to write it down, you could just think about it, but I think it helps.

2. If someone does something that you are thankful for – tell them! Let’s spread the joy with this one! was feeling a bit low and it picked me right up.” This also has an added benefit that people around you are likely to respond positively – this is where the increase in popularity comes in.
In the same way as when you buy a new car you start seeing that model everywhere, by focusing on the good, you see more of the good. It’s not necessarily that more good things will start happening to you (although it might – a more positive outlook does tend to present its own opportunities) but you are now noticing and appreciating all the good stuff that was already happening to you that you overlooked before.
If you could only do one thing to improve the quality of your life – I would recommend practising gratitude every time.
If you’d like to know what else you could do read my previous posts, check out the coaching I offer, find out more about me or get in touch.

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