Counting your blessings is one of the most powerful ways to change your outlook on life. It's also a good way to remind yourself of all the good you have in your life, even when you're feeling down. Here are some ways you can do it.
Write down 5 things you are thankful for
Make a list of all the things you're thankful for and identify specific things that make you happy. Put a check mark next to the things that make you grateful for the specific things in your life. Write another list of things you are grateful for even though you may not have experienced all of them. You can include things like a close friend, pets, your job, etc. Writing down 5 things you are grateful for and putting a check mark next to the things that make you happy every night can really help you turn your perspective around and appreciate all the things in your life. You can do this by setting aside 5 minutes to do it in a daily diary. If you feel you need more incentive, it's also a great idea to write them down in a gratitude journal.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
First, you must have a system that keeps you aware of the abundance around you. A gratitude journal is a great way to do this. You can use any kind of journal—in fact, you can use whatever format feels good and helps you reflect and understand your life. To start, you need to write down three things you're grateful for in a given day. A typical journal might look something like this: 3 Great Things I Got to Do; 3 Things I Got to Watch 3 ;Things I Got to Listen to Each day. You should focus on three things you are grateful for. The reason this can help you change your outlook is because it makes you feel very aware of your blessings, which means you're much more likely to focus on the positive things around you.
Make a gratitude collage
Create a collage with your favorite photos from your past. Include a caption, and remember that a visual diary will help you remember all the good in your life. Take a selfie: Taking a photo of yourself and then sharing it on social media can be a powerful way to show your gratitude. Try posting your selfie and the most important thing you've done that day with the hashtag #BringItOn on Instagram. Eat a favorite meal: Set up a 'thank you meal' every now and then with friends or family.
Say "thank you" more
According to research published in the British Journal of Psychology, people who said "thank you" for getting an item were more likely to remember the experience positively than those who didn't. The key here is to make a conscious effort to say "thank you" to people in your everyday life. At least once a day, say "thank you" to a family member or friend for giving you a ride, for helping you carry something or helping you move. You'll notice that it improves your relationship and, ultimately, your health.
Get out of your own head and just be mindful of the experience. If you're having a bad day, look around your living space and notice what's there. Is there anything that you can be thankful for? Write it down: Jot down the things that have made you smile today. It's a great way to help you see the light when you're feeling down. Put on a happy playlist: Listen to music that lifts your mood. Change it up every so often so you're never in the same groove. Talk to your family and friends: Your friends and family can definitely have an impact on your mood. Talk to them about the things that make you happy and make them feel included in your happiness. When you feel down, it's important to seek out the people you care about. Take a nap: Your body and mind are probably exhausted.
These are only some of the more common ways that people go about living happier lives. While they may not all work for you, they're a good starting point for you to try and begin to implement some of these into your life.
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