I have started (and stopped) dozens of "formal" gratitutde practices over the years. I've written before about the variety of ways that I document gratitude, but the most important is this - I feel it. I continue to find that the best answer to feeling sorry for myself is to find things/people/situations to be grateful for. Right now, I'm grateful for chai latte k-cups, mala beads, weather that allows me to still wear flip flops, morning laughs with Austin, and coconut greek yogurt.
I'm listening to The Happiness Advantage on audio book, and just finished a section about noticing good/positive things. Similar to a gratitude practice, the thinking is that voicing good things not only changes YOUR attitude, but the attitude of those around you. In a meeting on Monday morning, I was very aware that one person started every response with "the problem is..." and guess what? I left the meeting understanding that we have A LOT of problems. Can we talk about solutions, please? I'm monitoring my own language...especially around the sale of my house.
Letting go, loosening my grip, and giving up have been (and continue to be) super important...albeit extremely difficult...practices for me. I remind myself daily that giving up is a choice, not a failure. This week, I'm giving up limiting beliefs and self-doubt. Marc & Angel posts are always excellent reminders of habits to give up.
I'd love to hear something that you're grateful for, one good thing, and something that you're giving up. Ready, set, go....