Our “guest vlog” series continues and we excitedly introduce Writer, Blogger, Thinker, and Doer – Jasmine Skee. Jasmine has learned to celebrate and appreciate the beauty in being perfectly imperfect. Through her amazing journey, Jasmine shares regular personal development advice plus stories/lessons from both her own experiences and the experiences of the people around her. We share her story……
Let’s Get An Attitude For Gratitude
Research shows that consistently grateful people are happier, more positive, more energetic, more hopeful, more helpful and more empathetic. They’re are also less likely to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, neurotic, or sick. In ‘The How Of Happiness’, Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky shares evidence that shows when severely depressed people were instructed to list grateful thoughts on a daily basis, they were found to be significantly less depressed by the end of the study, compared to depressed people who weren’t asked to express gratitude.
This week try writing a gratitude list every day. I write mine before I go to bed but pick a time of the day that works best for you. For me the night works as I think about my day, what I am grateful for, write it down and then go off to sleep peacefully feeling happy, lucky and content. Try and start with five things but feel free to write more. It’s ok for the mundane to make the list. I struggled at first but now I am grateful for the mundane. In fact, I have found being grateful for the mundane makes these activities feel so much more special. An example of what I mean by the mundane is being grateful for the parking space I got right outside the cafe where I had lunch or being grateful the cafe served Almond Milk. Get it?
There is so much power in practicing gratitude and celebrating the smallest moments in our day. Why don’t you have a think about what you are grateful now and leave it as a comment below.
My favourite quote is “it’s not rejection it is redirection” when we suffer rejection at the time it can hurt or disappointment you but when you look back on your life you can see it was redirection. The point is you have to keep on going.