Finding gratitude in extraordinary times
Updated: Apr 15
How a little bit of thankfulness can go a long way
The other day I stumbled on a lovely unused notebook during a boredom-reducing clear out (# silver linings), and I have started writing down positive thoughts and things I am grateful for in it.
These might be as simple as the birds I hear in the trees singing outside, or the new meal I have concocted to make sure I use up leftovers in the fridge.
Such little books - or gratitude diaries as they are often known - can help in times like this in two ways.
First, if you can capture your positive feelings when you are able to have have them, then they are still there when you hit the not so good moments. This means you can run to your diary and find some calm and hope in the words you have written.
Secondly, the act of looking for positives creates a habit in your mind, and the more you do it, even for the slightest things, the easier it becomes during the tougher times.
You'll be amazed at how it helps, especially if you can add how those birds in the trees or that innovative meal make you feel.
What notebooks and pads do you have lying around that could help you stay positive?