Thanksgiving may be an American tradition and OK, I may not be American, but I do’t think I need to be, to be thankful, grateful, or count my blessings. And I do – a lot. Because I really do have much to be greatful and thankful for.
And it’s easy to lose sight of that fact sometimes. When things aren’t going to plan; when there’s traffic stopping us getting to an appointment on time; when the boss is being particularly obnoxious; when you’ve had an arguement with your partner; when the kids are playing up and forgettng that they might get put on Santa’s naughty list (it is only 4 weeks until Christmas Eve, after all).
One of the tasks I will often set for clients is a really simple one that helps to prime your mind to notice the good things that you have in your life. It’s a really simple concept, inasmuch as our unconscious mind will notice what we prime it to notice. So if you’ve ever been thinking about buying a new car, and had a particular model in mind, don’t be surprised to find that that model of car seems to be in abundence now. It’s not that there are more of that type of car on the road suddenly, only that you unconscious mind is primed to see them, and so it does. I remember being pregnant with my first child, and noticing babies everywhere! I was primed to see them.
And so it can be with good things in our lives. So here is your mission, should you choose to accept it. Each evening, perhaps before going to sleep, think about your day, and come up with three good things that happened in that day. If you can think of more than 3, then I suggest you whittle it down to the best three. If you’re struggling for a third, dig deeper, because I guarentee that there are at least3 good things that will have happened to you!
Do this each evening and not only will you begin to notice good things happening in your life, you might just being to feel happier in yourself. You see, I could have sub-titled this Reasons to be Cheerful, because you’ll have lots if you get into the habit of doing this exercise.
And let me know how you get on. I’d love your feedback.