Having An Attitude of Gratitude

“30 Days to a More Optimistic You” – Day 1. Trying on an Attitude of Gratitude

Welcome to our “30 Days to a More Optimistic Challenge!” For the month of May I have accepted this challenge and I’m so glad you decided to join us in this mission to be more positive in every aspect of life. I encourage you to jump right in with a gratitude exercise to get you in the positive spirit.

Your first challenge is fairly straightforward: work on easing into a “gratitude” mindset. Being grateful is step 1 in an overall positive mindset. It’s all having about appreciation for all of life’s gifts. No matter what your circumstance, there is always something to be thankful for. In fact, studies have shown that ruminating on the positive increases feel-good brain chemicals which is good for your health as well as your relationships.

Like most things, we tend to attract whatever we put out into the universe. So if you’re in the mindset of being grateful for all you’ve got, then you’re opening the door for even more good fortune, wonderful people and promising opportunities to come your way.

A new month or a new season is the perfect  time to say goodbye to negative thought patterns and defeatist attitudes that hold us back. Instead, how about kicking off our 30-day challenge by reflecting on all the good things we’ve been bestowed, and the people who matter most to us?

If you’d like to increase positivity in your own life, cultivating an attitude of gratitude is a great place to begin. Instead of just saying one thing you’re thankful for, why not take it to the next level, and practice an attitude of gratitude in all of your daily doings?

Exercise 1: Trying on an Attitude of Gratitude

You may not be used to looking at the world around you through optimistic eyes. If you’re not, that’s okay. This exercise is meant to help you grow and increase your awareness of the world and all of its wonder. That doesn’t happen without concerted effort.

Start with something simple. Just like any goal, it takes practice to turn a new way of thinking into habit. If you’re used to griping and complaining, then you might just kick off your attitude of gratitude by thinking of one thing to be thankful for each day.

You can do this exercise at any point in the day that feels right for you. If you’re not a morning person and tend to feel grumpy until you’ve had your coffee, then don’t force a positive mental outlook until you’re awake and mentally warmed up.

Or, if at the end of the day you tend to feel wiped out and weary, then don’t force the attitude of gratitude exercise at this time. Perhaps a mid-day reflection or some quiet time in the afternoon will bring out the positive in you.

This exercise is supposed to make you feel happy and satisfied… not like a chore that you’re obligated to attend to because someone told you to.

So, when all conditions are right for opening the door to positive thinking, ask yourself: what good things happened today? What do I have to be thankful for?

Journal It.

If you feel it, write it down. A written journal can help you on your path to self discovery and see what positive changes come about simply by acknowledging where you are versus where you want to be. Remember… a happy life begins with a happy attitude. So be grateful for what you have, and soon you’ll begin to attract even more of what you hope to receive.

Fran Watson

P.S. If you don’t have a journal, I will be creating one for this challenge and will have it ready soon.

About Fran Watson

Involved in public speaking since 2000. Joined Toastmasters in 2002 and have served in all Executive roles including serving one year as the District Public Relations Officer. Achieved my DTM in 2014. Develop and facilitate workshops in the area of employment and career development.
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