Apr 2017 25

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!

P.S. While you are at it, we’d love you to Like Grateful in April and the m.a.d.woman Foundation on Facebook!

P.S. Don’t forget to post your comments and photos to FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest with the hashtag #gratefulinapril

Apr 2017 24

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.

P.S. Don’t forget to post your comments and photos to FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest with the hashtag #gratefulinapril

Apr 2017 23

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.

P.S. Don’t forget to post your comments and photos to FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest with the hashtag #gratefulinapril

Apr 2017 22

Thinking and planning are great, but they mean nothing if you don’t act on them.

What are you not acting on? Do you have a dream or unfulfilled passion or maybe a fantastic business idea that you’ve never brought to life?

We all know that without taking the first step there is simply no way our dream will ever become a reality, so why do we choose to do nothing?

The reason the first step is often the most difficult is because we often don’t believe we can achieve our dream. We don’t believe we deserve it or that we can make it happen. We are afraid. And that’s OK.

What if you acknowledged all the things you think stand between you and your goal and you just started anyway?

Forget waiting to be “ready” to start – just get on with giving it a go.

Is there an area in your life that you could be acting on? Start today. You might be grateful you did.

P.S. Don’t forget to post your comments and photos to FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest with the hashtag #gratefulinapril

Apr 2017 21

Who could you cheer on today?

We need to build others up and stop cutting them down – Enough of the ‘tall poppy’ syndrome. We say support all poppies, whatever height.

Spend at least the rest of April noticing stories of people who achieve some kind of greatness or goal and be genuinely happy for them without assuming they had more help than you or a better start.

New research shows that rather than a Darwinian survival approach being the most successful, we actually achieve more in a collaborative environment where we lack envy and competitiveness. We can learn and model other people’s successful behaviour if we embrace their achievements rather than try to pull them down.

There is an abundance of opportunities in this world and focusing on achieving greatness will help you enjoy your share. Being negative or bitter about what other people have will only bring you down and put limitations on your own journey.

Forget cutting people down – build them up as high as you possibly can. There’s plenty of sun to shine on everyone! Join us for a few rays today.

P.S. Don’t forget to post your comments and photos to FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest with the hashtag #gratefulinapril

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