One of the benefits of being a Psychologist for me is being able to always be grateful. On any given day, I am reminded of the many blessings in my life. I may see a client who is terminally ill and be grateful for my health. I may see a client who has lost a loved one and be grateful for the time I spend with my loved ones. I may see a client who is being retrenched and I am reminded of how grateful I am for my job and career. Being grateful allows me to have a renewed sense of appreciation. I see my loved ones and my blessed life with a deeper sense of gratitude. Our lives will never be perfect but I invite you to see your life with the glass half full perspective rather than the glass half empty. I often start a gratitude journal exercise in session with some of my clients who are struggling to see the glass half full. After a few moments, these clients are generally quite quick to respond with a list of things.
Give yourself time to sit and think for a while. Whether it’s one item you can think of or lots, it allows you to tap into the good things in your life and immediately build a sense of positivity. Being grateful, does not mean that you need to tap off from your goals, dreams and aspirations. It means that, from time to time, you should take a moment, or a few moments, to acknowledge the current blessings in your life. I believe that this will unlock adeeper sense of positivity in your life. I also believe that the more we focus on the positivity in our lives, the greater the positivity we have in our lives become. Research shows that gratitude can be beneficial for us in many aspects of our lives, if not all. So, on this note, why not test my logic. I invite you to start a gratitude journal today. Jot down all the thingsyou are grateful for in your life. Try to keep this going every day. After a week or 2, assess the difference it’s made for you.