To live with gratitude is to live healthy. But what do we mean by “living with gratitude”? In fact, it is very similar to the concept of "intentional living" only, gratitude is more of a practice than a way of life.
Expressing gratitude is being grateful for what surrounds us, whether material or situational. You can also express your gratitude to others and to yourself. The possibilities are truly endless!
In fact, being deeply grateful to someone or something goes a long way toward shifting your abundance mindset. It's a bit like seeing life through a new lens. Very liberating!
On the other hand, it is not enough just to throw your gratitude in the air without depth. You really have to feel it. It's a feeling that should fill you with happiness and make you appreciate the present moment. It's not easy at first, but it does work!
That's why I'm talking to you today about 4 things NOT to do if you want to live with a little more gratitude in your life.
1. thinking negatively
This is probably the hardest thing to do: stop thinking about the negative all the time. It's a bad habit that we tend to pick up over time.
Negative thoughts may sound like: "I don't like this...", "This kind of thing happens to me all the time", "I can't wait for the day to be over", " I would never have that''.
You know what I mean.
These kinds of thoughts have a much deeper impact than we think on our subconscious, our mental health and our general good mood. This is why it is important to make the change of mentality that will help us to be more serene.
I'm not talking about toxic positivity here. Or everything is beautiful all the time. We all know that there will be times when we go through difficult trials and our thoughts will be affected. It's correct! The idea is to change your general attitude towards life.
The first step is to become aware of your negative thoughts when they arise. This is already a big step. Then it's about accepting those thoughts and thinking about how to see the subject differently.
For example, change: ''I hope I never get sick'' to: ''I'll always be healthy'' or: ''It's really too hot today'' for: ''The heat is good on my skin! I can't wait for a refreshment!''
So! It sounds simple, but it really is everyday work. Personally, I often get carried away by negative thoughts even without realizing it. So I work on that a little every day and I definitely see a difference in my mood!
2. Fast pace of life
With a hectic pace of life. It's normal to feel like you're living your life on autopilot. The problem with this pace of life is that we don't take the time to appreciate and all the beautiful things around us are taken for granted.
Try to take the time to notice the little things that make you feel good. Is this your morning coffee? Or maybe your new overly comfy cardigan? What do you think of the temperature?
It brings us down to earth to think about these little things. We tend to torment ourselves too much with our little everyday hassles, without realizing how lucky we are! You probably have a roof over your head and food on the table. Friends and families who love you. These are great things not to be taken lightly. And when you don't take the TIME. It slips through our hands.
A good way to appreciate our daily life a little more is to take stock morning and evening. It doesn't have to be a big super complicated exercise. You can even do this while brushing your teeth. So make a list of the things you enjoy today or the exciting things that await you for the next day.
Taking the time to slow down and adding this little checkup to your daily life will have a huge impact in your life!
3. Don't be too hard on yourself
So give yourself a break. You deserve it. We often tend to denigrate ourselves and put a lot of pressure on ourselves. It is important to understand that mistakes do happen. and that's okay. When you make a misstep, become aware of it and figure out what needs to be done next time to prevent it from happening. Then move on! Life is too short to waste our energy on this kind of thing.
Also be kind to yourself about the practice of gratitude itself. It's a habit quite difficult to take. Take your time and start with small goals. When you feel overwhelmed remember to slow down and enjoy, it's that simple! You will then go about your business without any problem!
4. Compare you
Comparing yourself is not always consoling yourself. It can be a source of stress or even unhappiness. It's hard not to, but please avoid it. One of your acquaintances achieves all their goals and seems to be living a dream life? I understand that it can be a source of comparison or even jealousy.
But these feelings do not serve you at all. They only reinforce your negative thoughts and you will find yourself caught in the vicious cycle of your own head. Look forward, your time will come! Stay positive, there is no point in being jealous of others. Be happy for those who succeed. ‘’Where energy goes, energy flows’’ I love this quote, because it is so true! Keep that in mind before you expend unnecessary negative energy on others.
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Living with gratitude is a daily job, but it is extremely rewarding. Try it and let me know!