“By being grateful, appreciating all we have instead of focusing on what is lacking, we allow more of the same to flow toward us.”
― William Powers
You deserve to be happy today and I am going to show you how.
You are about to participate in a magic trick that will result in immediate increased happiness.
Are you ready? Here we go.
Take a deep breath. Look around the room. Notice what is around you. Notice the sounds in the room. Rest your shoulders.
Take another deep breath and then another.
Now, please rest your eyes and I want you to consider: What are you grateful for in this moment? Pick one thing and really concentrate on how thankful you are for just that thing. It can be as simple as the breath you just took or as detailed as you like. I promise you, there is something to be grateful for in this exact moment.
I want you to take just a few moments to hold that gratefulness in your mind.
Take another deep breath.
Now, please smile.
That should have provided you with a little boost of happiness. If you want another little boost do the above exercise again with another thing for which you are grateful. I promise you that if you are reading this, there are at least a few things that make you feel grateful. Please try to focus on just those parts of your life right now.
Do you want to feel even more happiness? Call someone and tell them thank you for something they did for you. Do not text them. Do not email them. Call them or find them and tell them, “Thank you” and be specific about what it is they did that you are thankful for.
There are a few things I know to be true about happiness.The real magic behind happiness is being grateful and expressing gratitude. I think it takes a lot of courage to let yourself relax into moments of vulnerable happiness. If you do this everyday, throughout the day, you will be happier (It’s scientifically proven).
“Scientists studying positive psychology found that a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms. The happy effects disappeared within three to six months which shows that gratitude is an act to be repeated again and again.“
Remember, the real boost in happiness will come from expressing gratitude verbally to the people in your world every day. Thank the person that holds the door for you. Thank your partner for picking up the house. Thank your kids for helping out. Thank the people you work with for being supportive. Thank the cashier for doing their job. Thank the server when they drop off your water.
Thank every single person that enhances your life, in any way, every chance you get.
Gratitude is magical. It will make you happier and the people around you happier.
“Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich