A few days ago, I got in my car and started driving off when I realized my cell phone was not with me. I panicked with thoughts of all the inconveniences: Spending money on a new phone, having to do the tedious task of getting all my contact information back, and everything else that would just be a hassle.
I called my phone hoping someone would answer and to my joyous surprise, someone did answer my phone. She asked me if I was the owner of the phone because she found it and was trying to return it to its owner. I met with her shortly after and thanked her. She took time out of her busy day to wait for me and return my phone. There were no tangible rewards other than my absolute gratitude for her kindness and selfless act.
I know this scenario may sound trivial, but I was overcome with gratitude. I live in a very busy and fast-paced area in California where the demands are endless and the traffic can suck the energy out of you. In this environment, it’s easy to get caught up in stress, negativity, or fatigue. To help combat this, we need to develop simple exercises on a daily basis that don’t take up a lot of time, but can have a huge impact on how we feel. In other words, practice gratitude on a daily basis. You can do this while driving in your car, taking a shower, or just sit down and take a few minutes of quiet time to reflect on this. Below, are just a couple of very simple actions, events or comments that you can acknowledge and feel grateful for:
– You’re stuck in traffic and trying to merge to a very busy lane. You turn on your signal, but nobody is letting you in. However, shortly after, a driver lets you into the busy lane.
– You go to your doctor for a physical exam and at the end of the exam, the doctor tells you that everything looks normal.
– You pick up your 6 year-old daughter from school and she tells you she noticed you cut your hair and it looks pretty on you.
– You see your massage therapist and he gives you a discount for being a great customer.
As you can see, these are just a few examples. It’s important to appreciate even just the simple things in life on a regular basis. It’s all about perspective. When you do this regularly, it will help give you a positive outlook and in return, a happier self.
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