How to Flick on the Magic Gratitude Switch
Sometimes life gets crazy busy. In times like this, it is easy to run around mindlessly. In this unconscious state, if something causes additional stress, we find ourselves easily sliding down the negative thinking avalanche. I have so been there on way too many occasions! Then follows a shift in all our thoughts, feelings, actions, and emotions, which then flows into all our interactions that day. Whether that be with co-workers, friends, the staff at your favourite café, or most importantly our immediate family, including our precious (slightly crazy and tornado-like) children. The effects ripple outwards.
I am not writing this to make you feel like you need to be an unattainable zenned-out, possibly smoking something kinda mum. But what if I could provide you with one tool that could eliminate the time and energy spent feeling like a highly strung, about to snap and book a 6-week incognito bender in Vegas kinda mum? If there was a simple tool we could all adopt to bring some more ease and joy to an already chaotic enough home life. Because to be completely honest, when we focus on our problems; whether they may be business, relationship, family, or health-related, we add energy to the problem which causes them to grow.
Now I am sure you all know on an intellectual level that it’s important to be grateful, but how often do you let yourself go there on an energy shifting, emotional level. The big man Tony Robbins (if you don’t know him, do yourself a favour and get to know him!) always talks about the fact that the emotional state of gratitude makes it IMPOSSIBLE to feel feelings of anger, worry, stress or frustration. The suffering you are putting yourself through doesn’t have to hang around and ruin your day.
I like the way Wallace Wattles puts it in his book “The Science of Getting Rich.” He said, “The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore, it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best and will receive the best.”
So, don’t wait and start adding this to your daily routine TODAY.
When do you do it? First thing in the morning, before going to bed at night AND whenever you feel overwhelmed with problems. Write it down in a journal, visualise it, say it out loud, whatever works for you, and helps you really feel it. It can be as simple as that amazing cup of coffee that you actually got to finish this morning, or something as huge as landing that new job.
The fun part is, you can even be grateful for things that haven’t happened yet, the things you really want to manifest into your life! As I said earlier, what you put your energy into grows. So, dream and be grateful for the new family home, or the blissful family weekends away when the kids are a little bit older and more independent. And if you’re really up for a challenge, start writing your gratitude with your non-dominant hand to switch on the creative brain juices.
Sandy Gallagher is one of my favourite women within the personal development world, and her words below are what I shall part you all with.
“The next time things don’t seem to be going your way, just stop what you’re doing, and think about all the things or moments you have to be grateful for. I know that’s a pretty tall order, but if you do it, everything will start to shift in an instant. Just like snapping your fingers. When you change the way you look at the problems, the problems will change” – Sandy Gallagher.
Do yourself a favour and make this new habit a top priority.
Make sure you never miss out on other great tips and articles from Carte Home. Sign up to our newsletter here: