Are You Grateful?
I used to dread the holidays. For many people they are a time of great rejoicing. For me they were a time of great depression, anxiety, and despair. They were an extended reminder of the things I thought I was missing in my life. I later learned the problem wasn’t the holidays. The problem was within me. The problem was where I was looking, the negative soundtrack in my head, and the feelings I entertained. Understand, I’d had a lifetime creating a negative-feedback loop in my mind and I saw it escalate every year between October and January.
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever watched your life and wondered why things weren’t working out? Or heard the discord of negative thoughts and emotions spin out of control during the holidays?
It’s exhausting and can be debilitating.
But I broke the cycle. I learned the power of thoughts, that we always have a choice what thoughts we focus on, entertain, and listen to. I also learned about Gratitude—the secret weapon against despair.
Gratitude replaces negative emotions. It fills us with hope and opens our eyes to the beauty of life. And life is beautiful. Life is an intricate tapestry of emotions, experiences, thoughts, and people woven into the pattern of our choosing.
We get to choose what life means. No matter what happens, no matter where we are, how bad we think we have it, or what we’re going through, we always have the choice what life means to us.
Deepak Chopra says, “The meaning of the event is the event.”
And it’s true. The same thing can happen to three different people and all of them can come away with a different experience because all of them filter the event through their life-lens.
If you’re suffering from depression during the holidays, then perhaps your lens is dirty. Try cleaning it with a healthy dose of gratitude!
How to Start a Gratitude Habit
When I started learning the power of gratitude I kept a daily gratitude journal. Every morning I’d write ten to twenty things I was grateful for. Why? This helps train your mind to look for and find the positive in situations. It also helps you understand that there are always things to feel grateful for because you’re opening your eyes, ears, and heart to the gifts in your life.
I know this can seem difficult if you’re embedded in depression but I promise, if you look, you’ll discover things to feel grateful for.
Let’s get started. Take a piece of paper and write, “I’m grateful for _____________” and put the first things that comes to mind in the blank. It can be as simple as, “I’m grateful for my shoes!” Or, “I’m grateful for my skin!” List anything you feel grateful for. Once you get in the habit, you’ll realize that you can feel gratitude for everything in your life.
I’ll Start a List to Show You How Easy It Is!
- I’m grateful for my life!
- I’m grateful for my family!
- I’m grateful for my beautiful wife!
- I’m grateful for my amazing children!
- I’m grateful for the air I breathe!
- I’m grateful for the sun and the moon and the stars!
- I’m grateful for the beauty of our world!
- I’m grateful for the oceans!
- I’m grateful for hope!
- I’m grateful for my health!
- Most of all, I’m grateful for you!
What are You Grateful For?
You Are The Master of Your Destiny!
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