So, I’ve just completed my Six Minute Diary which means that for the last 5 months or more, I’ve been logging 3 things I’m grateful for each morning and 3 great things I’ve experienced each evening.
This morning, as I looked over my diary version 2.0 after a pretty horrendous nights’ sleep, I realised how much easier it is to appreciate, be thankful and be happy.
I’ve felt this before when I’ve been really consistent with my practice, but perhaps even moreso because this diary had me writing both morning and night – double whammy!
And that’s what I’m calling the ‘Gratitude Coincidence’.
The coincidence being that the more you seek out reasons to be thankful for the people, places and experiences in your life – to focus on what you have, rather than what you don’t – the happier you become.
Of course, shit happens. There’ll still be crappy situations, unpleasant people and dark days to deal with.
But they’re just passing moments of cloud in an overwhelming sunny sky, rather than the reverse.
I’d say the bad stuff matters less because the good stuff matters more. But actually, I think it’s not that it matters more, it’s just that you’re actually noticing it for a change. Gratitude is basically a way of training yourself to see what was there all along, in all its’ rich colour.
Don’t believe me? Try it and see. Spend a few minutes each morning writing down three things you’re grateful for. If you like a challenge, go one step further and write down three great things you experienced before bed too.
Let me know if you experience this wonderful coincidence too xx