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Gratitude ✍

In my fast-paced life, it's easy to become snared by the routines and responsibilities that define my daily existence.

These routines keep me on track but also distract me from looking for new and wonderful things that I take for granted all around me.

At times, my negative bias plagues my thinking. When I become attuned to the positive things surrounding me this shift in perspective enhances my overall sense of well-being, reduces stress, and improves my relationships.

I often overlook the little treasures. Yet, if I borrow a page from the book of children who see the world with fresh, unjaded eyes, I can learn to find beauty and joy in the simplest moments.

Children possess an uncanny ability to find wonder in the world around them. They marvel at caterpillars, raindrops on a windowpane, or refractions of light. It's as if every day is an adventure filled with opportunities to explore and appreciate. As an adult, I can regain some of this childlike wonder by focusing on the little things that I take for granted.

I suggest a gratitude journal as a simple yet profound tool for cultivating this sense of appreciation. By setting aside a few minutes each day to jot down at least five things I am grateful for, I can shift my attention from the mundane routines to the extraordinary details that make life beautiful and fresh again. A journal encourages me to become more alert and notice the small gestures, kind words, or moments of serenity that might otherwise slip by unnoticed.

Consider the smile of a stranger on your morning commute, the aroma of your favorite morning coffee, or the comforting embrace of a cool, air-conditioned home on a hot evening. These everyday gifts surround us, waiting to be acknowledged and cherished. When I train myself to focus on them, I find joy and contentment in the simplest pleasures.

A gratitude journal can also be a powerful antidote that redirects my focus to find grand things. Some of the most hopeful people I know take the time to find and document their exciting discoveries during the day.

How about you? Could you prosper by re-engaging your childlike enthusiasm and maintaining a gratitude journal?

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Oct 12, 2023

My mom and I did this as I was a teenager and in college as well and it was such an attitude shifter. I’ve recommended the practice to friends over the year and they’ve said the same thing.


Sep 29, 2023

Grateful for your insights.

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