Learning from the wisdom of others is a great way to keep motivated to maintain your gratitude mindset.
Whether you like good old fashioned books or the more portable digital world of the e-publication, you can inspire yourself daily with stories, autobiographies and quotes from some of the great minds past and present.
Whatever ‘speaks’ to you, make sure you keep it in easy reach and make a regular time for it.
An inspiring true story of courage might be just what you need instead of half an hour of mindless television – and will put you in a much better frame of mind! The lives of others can also give us perspective on our own life and the way we are choosing to live it. It can also give us ideas for positive change.
If quotes are your thing, then a simple Google search should afford you multiple choices (and they are often accompanied by beautiful images). Try writing them in a notebook (MEL please link to Gratitude diaries) to reinforce them and place quotes where you will see them – fridge, wallet, desk or computer desktop.
There are many quotes that speak to us. We’ll leave you with just one that still remains a great reminder of the power of gratitude.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
When you begin to be grateful for all that you already have in your life you might look around and see how much you have.
Look how much you have. No really. What is all of that stuff?
If you have created some clutter in your surroundings, you may find that it clutters up your internal space too. If you cannot find what you want because of too much of what you do not need, then it is time to grab some boxes and declutter.
Remember that you don’t need to hold on to things that no longer serve you. Let go of broken stuff first – things that are of no use to anyone.
If fixing them is not an option, can they be recycled? Upcycled? Split items into labeled boxes so you know what to do with them.
Then what about the stuff that you simply don’t ever use? You are holding on to it just in case, right? In case of what? Pop it in a box to sell, give away to friends or donate to charity.
Having a box near the door of things that have to go is often a good way to get friends to adopt what you don’t want any more and give your stuff a new home.
If you find the process challenging, set yourself a target of the number of things you will deal with at a time.
We are so big on this, that we created a whole month of posts on how to Declutter for a Cause.
Warning: Sometimes our personal baggage is literally out on display. Getting rid of clutter can bring up your own ‘stuff’.
As you clear space, take a big breath, notice all the good things around you and be grateful for what you’ve got.
We’re busy liking things on social media, but do you ‘like’ your life?
We are 25 days into a comprehensive burst of practicing gratitude and you may find it is still easy to sometimes worry about what’s not working in your life.
Worrying and imagination are two sides of the same coin. Worrying about things that might happen diverts our attention from focusing on what we want to happen.
Today’s challenge is to let go of worry and to focus on what we like about our lives and what we would like to create more of.
Use your imagination to push through the boundaries of your usual thinking to the places where you can transform your life. Instead of worrying, you can be creative, positive and visualise a future you love.
Try it for a few days and see what happens.
The more you develop your skills through an attitude of gratitude, the more amazing the people and opportunities that can appear before you.
If there was a ‘like’ button for your life, today you should be giving it a big tick!
This attitude of gratitude stuff works. It really does!
We know people have connected and reconnected with people. They’ve created space for amazing things to happen and opportunities to come to them both personally and professionally.
Each year we run this we get phone calls from people, messages in our inbox and even posts through social media from people who are having positive life-changing experiences – and the month is not over yet!
We always believed being Grateful in April would work. We’re always amazed at how well and how quickly! It shows us that whatever you believe in, you create.
The challenge for you today is to believe that you are worthy of experiencing greatness in your life and that you are perfect exactly as you are. For a bonus challenge, go and tell yourself that out loud and in front of a mirror. Stand there and say it until you believe it. Really believe it.
Want to be happy? Give a little bit.
Studies show that people who spent even small amounts of money on other people felt measurably happier than when they spent it on themselves.
Across the 136 countries studied, donating to charity had a similar relationship to happiness as doubling household income! The link between this type of spending and happiness seems to be remarkably universal.
And while donating a few cents each day may not feel like it’s going to make a big impact, if everybody did the same, it would make a massive difference.
No donation is too small, especially if you can encourage others to join you in supporting a great cause. You can make a one-off gift or sign up to make it a regular thing – many workplaces will even match your giving.
Some faiths give 10 per cent of their income to charity or a cause they believe in. Other people feed a special piggy bank to later donate. Many people embark on fundraising activities to support their chosen cause.
Whatever your motivation for selecting a beneficiary, ensure you give from a place in you that feels good about making a donation. Many people say that when you give with good intentions, great things come into your life.
We hope you can consider donating to our charity, the m.a.d.woman foundation to help us help people in need. Not only do we need funds, but we also need hands to help us. You can sign up to volunteer.
Helping those less fortunate than you is a great way of making yourself feel good and to give your recipients a reason to foster an attitude of gratitude themselves.