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Why and how you should express your gratitude?

 

Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to express your gratitude daily, but why is it even important to do that?

Expressing your gratitude daily makes you realise that you can appreciate so many things in your daily life that might have been taken for granted otherwise. If you take it for granted that you can walk, think about those people who got injured or are disabled in a way and cannot walk. If you take it for granted that you have at least 3 meals a day, think about those people who do not have enough to eat. If you take it for granted that you live in a nice house, think about those people who do not have a nice place to live. The list could go on and on.

If you get so busy and stressed out in your daily life that you forget to appreciate the little things, then you can easily get depressed and just lost in all kinds of negative vibes. If you feel that you are stuck in a certain area of your life and want to make some positive changes, I suggest you start a gratitude journal. Improving your emotions about a certain subject will help to make positive changes. Don’t focus on the problems, focus on the solutions. Feel positive emotions by focusing on the good.

Writing a gratitude journal daily can gradually shift your mood and improve your life. Do not expect immediate results, it will take some time to build up those positive emotions that are going to change your perspectives and your life.

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So how do you write a gratitude journal?

First, buy a notebook or take one that you already have. If it makes you feel better, you can buy a fancy-looking notebook for this purpose, but you can also use a plain one.

Then, take some time for yourself either in the morning when you get up or in the evening before bed, and try to write 10 things you are grateful for. They can be generic things, but you can also reflect on the things that happened during the day. I personally prefer to write in the evening, and I like to reflect on the day.

You can write, for example:

I am grateful for my tasty dinner.

I am grateful, because I live in a nice house.

I am grateful that I have a job and I can pay my bills.

You can use various other sentences as well, the only rule is that they have to be in present tense and they have to be positive statements. For example:

It feels good when I have time to pamper myself.

It makes me feel good when I take care of myself.

My technique for when I run out of ‘I am grateful’ thoughts is to think about future goals that I want to achieve. It is a great way to set your intentions for the future. For example:

It makes me happy when I plan the details of my holidays.

I appreciate when I can spend my time with like-minded people.

It feels good to take steps towards my goals.

Keep stretching your mind every day and build those good feelings! It is not the end of the world if you skip a few days, but every time you write in the gratitude journal is for your own benefit!

 

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Don’t sabotage your happiness!

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In life, it happens many times that when we have the chance to gain something, we feel like we don’t deserve it and we sabotage our own happiness. If we don’t have the courage to make changes, then we might get stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. In fact, for change to happen in our life, we have to let go of something: maybe some friends, maybe a job, a place or those old habits that don’t support us anymore. I believe this is the natural process of change, we have to lose something in order to gain something new.

When you want to make a change in your life, listening to others’ opinions is not always the best idea. You will turn to your friends, colleagues or family first, but they will have a different point of view, their own one. If you really need another person’s opinion or advice, it is better to get an opinion from an outsider (e.g. a counsellor/coach) rather than from someone who is emotionally or in any other way involved in the situation.

When you have a dream/goal, and you really want to make it happen, you have to trust yourself, and life will support you. Other people around you might have doubts, they might have different opinions, but it is your life, your journey, and it is your duty to make yourself happy and successful. Share your ideas with people who have similar goals to you and you know that they will support you no matter what. This will give you courage and motivation to take more and more inspired action towards your dreams.

 

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You deserve all the happiness and success in the world, so don’t forget to act that way. Don’t feel ashamed about your dreams, and have courage to live your own life the way you want to live it! It is your life and not somebody else’s! Being happy is not being selfish. Other people may have their opinions, but that is because they are thinking about themselves first, so they are being selfish. If you are happy, you can share more happiness with others, therefore in the end, everyone will benefit.

I wish that you dare to go after your dreams and live the life you have imagined!

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Be grateful and appreciate the good

 

Whatever stage in life you might be at this moment, you will most probably wait for the next big change to happen. You might be waiting to get a new job, you might be ready to start a better relationship, you might be wanting to move to a new place, etc. We are all preparing and waiting for something, with more or less patience. Some people might be completely stressed out before making the next big change, but I suggest you to take it easy and enjoy the ride rather than stressing yourself unnecessarily.

Remember that life is a journey, not a destination.
When you are trying to change something in your life, be grateful for the lessons you learn during the journey and use them wisely to reach your next achievement. One experience leads to another.

 

 

Even if you feel like 1, 2 or 3 years is too much to wait for something to happen, it really isn’t. As they say, time is going to pass anyway, so you better start that new project right now by taking baby steps to achieve it. Just take the first steps, and the next ones will reveal themselves on the way. And if your project takes a long time, then enjoy the journey. Reward yourself for the little steps, and appreciate everything that brings you closer to your goal.

If your mind is clouded with stressful thoughts, then sit down with a notebook and write down everything that you are grateful for and appreciate all that you have achieved so far. Make peace with where you are right now, enjoy the journey and stay happy!

 

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Don’t do it if it doesn’t make you happy!

 

How many times in life do we find ourselves doing something that doesn’t make us happy? Recognising the fact that something does not make us happy is fine, actually this is the first step we can take towards something different that will make us feel better.

The real question is: do you recognise and accept that something does not make you happy, and maybe it is time to move on? Or do you just continue to do the same thing, hoping that things are going to get better?

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”

Things are not going to get better, unless you DO something. Although, in some situations, the only thing you can do for the moment is changing your mindset, and that is enough.

You cannot turn a situation around instantly, therefore the best way to start the process is in your head. Think some positive thoughts! Use your mind, change your thoughts, see the positive aspects in your current situation and gather some ideas about how you would like the situation to turn around. The process will take you to the next logical step, and maybe even some unexpected changes will turn up in your life, like you are offered a better job or you get a good idea or help from someone you did not expect.

Just trust the process, keep in mind what you want, take the necessary steps and sooner or later you are out of that situation that no longer served you and your happiness. Remember, life is too short to live miserably, so it is better for you to take action right now if you aren’t happy where you are. Things are not going to change overnight, so be patient, use your mind first to get a clear picture about what you really want and do not give up!

I encourage you to keep your vision and you can create the dream life that you want to live!

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Dare to walk away if you need to!

 

Change in life is completely natural, and sometimes we need to make changes in our life to keep up with our personal growth.

Many people seem to be stuck in mentally or physically unhealthy situations, but in fact their life is not going to change until they make the decision in their mind that they want to change their circumstances and take at least the first step towards something different.

We all have an inner guidance that tells us whether a situation feels right or not, whether we are happy with how our life is going or not. We should always listen to this inner guidance and not what our friends, colleagues, family or media and advertisements say.

If you need help in following the right path, you can always turn to a coach, a consultant or psychotherapist. But you can also take some baby steps by yourself.  For example, you can read self-help books or find related forums online. If you want to meet like-minded people, you have to look for the company of people that are interested in the same things as you are. If you want to change your career, you should start getting more information about the kind of job you want to do. If you feel the need to move somewhere else, start playing with the idea and think where you want to move and why, what kind of house and environment you want to live in.

 

 

These changes are normal and natural, and we should not be ashamed to make changes in our life just because somebody does not approve what we want to do. That is their path and not ours.

Sometimes we have to respect ourself enough to walk away from people and situations that don’t serve us and don’t make us happy anymore.

 

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Find the beauty in everything, everywhere

 

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to appreciate everything good in life in order to live a happy life. Our thoughts and feelings define whether we live a happy life or not. How many negative thoughts do you have in a day? How many times are you complaining in a day? How do you feel in general?

This post is about finding the bright side, about the importance of being grateful and positivity in life, because that is the only way to happiness. It doesn’t matter if you have everything you need at this moment or if you don’t, it doesn’t matter if you have a lot of money or if you don’t, what matters is your attitude towards life.

If you are surrounded by negative people who are complaining all the time and cannot appreciate anything, then most probably you are going to develop a similar attitude. These people attract even more negativity into their life with this attitude, and the negativity doesn’t stop, because they continue to look for the negative and they continue to experience the negative.

If you have the intention to change your life, try to set aside some time for yourself and look at your thoughts. How many negative thoughts do you have in a day? Your thoughts are defining what you experience in life. Your thoughts are creating your reality. Is it time for a change?

If you would like to change what you experience in life, then start being grateful and appreciate the good. Do not complain about what is not working, instead, concentrate on what is working well in your life. The more you are grateful, the more of the things you can be grateful about you will attract.

 

 

You should regularly practice expressing your gratitude in order to change things around in your life. If you need some guidance, this post might be helpful: http://noemifairy.com/2012/07/18/how-to-write-an-appreciation-journal/.

 

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