About a month ago, I mentioned that I was going to apply one of the keys to happiness, as outlined by Shawn Achor in The Happiness Advantage. I was going to write 3 things that I am grateful for, every night before going to bed. The stipulation is that they have to be different every single night and that they have to be written or typed, so as to keep a record. I chose to write them on my Playbook right before I go to bed. I also added one more thing, I express gratitude for one thing in my life that has not yet come to pass, such as a major business or personal goal. I will continue to add this until that goal has come to pass.
It’s been almost a month since I started and I haven’t missed a night. And this month has been really amazing. So many positive things have happened in my life. I’ve rekindled some old friendships, reinforced many relationships, strengthened and grown my business, and have even had more fun with my daughter. Taking the time to reflect on the day is a very positive activity, as I’m always thinking about what can I choose to be grateful for today.
This is such a simple thing to do, that can have a dramatic effect on your life in a very short period of time. If mornings are better for you, do it when you first wake up. I like doing it at night, since it gives me a chance to reflect on the day. My best friend, Lee-Anne, has been sharing her 21 days of gratitude on her blog. I’ve noticed differences in her as well, in a very short period of time. It’s pretty amazing!