The past month has been one of the best months of my life. Sure, there have been challenges and days that didn’t exactly go my way, but overall September has been amazing and transformational. Today I want to share with you how five minutes a day changed my life. It’s wildly simple, but often overlooked. Are you ready? It’s gratitude.
And I’m not talking about saying “thank you” when the barista hands you your PSL. I’m talking about daily, meaningful reflection on the things you are grateful for in your life.
It is so easy to compare and complain about our lives, but doing that will never serve you. I repeat, never serve you. I am a recovering complainer. Many times, I will encounter a negative situation and have my entire day derailed as I harp on it and repeat what happened over and over again to anyone that will listen. Here’s the thing, what we often call “venting” is really just dwelling on and obsessing about the negative BS in our lives. I am soooo guilty of it, but I’ve found that I only accomplish two things by doing that: making myself miserable and annoying the people around me.
I don’t want to be that person anymore. So, I tried something new this month. Every morning, I sit at my desk and fill out the daily page in my Panda Planner Pro. The first section is “I’m Grateful For:”. For about five minutes each day, I reflect on the things I am grateful for. Some days it’s “the amazing dinner my sweet husband made for me last night” or “having a job that I genuinely enjoy”. Some days, I’m grumpy and I have to dig deep to come up with things, but I always feel better after I complete it. It helps me put things into perspective and allows me to begin each day with a positive mindset. Beginning with a positive mindset has made me much more resilient when negative things occur.
If you’re thinking, “well that’s all fine and good for you lady, but my life genuinely does suck and I don’t have much to be grateful for lately”. I get it. Sometimes life deals us some downright sh*tty cards, but there is always, always something to be grateful for. On days when my depression is really dragging me down, I focus on things like “I woke up today” and “cats”. Even the most basic, simple things can help us build our gratitude muscle.
Don’t just take my word for it, there is research that proves five minutes of gratitude each day does, in fact, make you a happier person. So, what do you say? Do you have five minutes to spare each day to practice gratitude? Write it down, reflect on it, feel it. You’ll be amazed by how truly effective such a simple practice can be.