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I can sum up this easy fix in two little words:
Loads of studies* have revealed that practising active appreciation can have a major impact on building a more positive mindset and a happier life.
It’s proven that people who actively practise gratitude:
• are happier, more joyful and feel better about their lives
• are more hopeful, positive and optimistic
• are more resilient and manage stress more effectively
• are more likely to achieve their goals
• forge closer and deeper connections with others
• are more empathic, compassionate and generous
• take better care of themselves
• sleep better, take more exercise and have healthier diets
• have fewer adverse physical symptoms and stronger immune systems
• experience measurable improvements in chronic illnesses
• enjoy enhanced energy levels
• are less fixated on material things
• are less lonely, anxious and depressed.
I can’t think of an expert I’ve worked with who wouldn’t want these benefits in their life. Make a resolution right now to start appreciating what you have. You’ll soon notice the difference.
Task: Below are a few simple ways to make active appreciation part of your daily routine. Choose three or more of these gratitude practices and do them deliberately, enthusiastically and reflectively. Put some energy behind it or else your mind may not pay attention and you may not feel the benefits.
– Keep a gratitude journal and make time for a couple of thank you entries every night.
– Include yourself in your appreciation list. What have you done today – or what qualities do you possess – that you can appreciate?
– Practise gratitude with others such as your partner and/or your family. Meal times are the perfect opportunity for giving thanks.
– Say thank you more often and more consciously, and mean it.
– Is there’s someone who’s done something good for you in the past and you’ve never thanked them? Write, call or visit them and express your gratitude. Be specific about what they did and how they helped you. I promise, you’ll both feel fantastic.
– Notice when you have ungrateful thoughts. Consciously look for something in that situation to feel thankful for.
Just make a start! Deliberately draw your attention to things that you normally take for granted and count your blessings with energy and conviction.
If you’ve found this useful, please comment and share. Next I’ll be talking about a mindset condition that sabotages a lot of experts: imposter syndrome. Stay tuned.
* * You’ll find a list of some of the gratitude studies here.