If you are familiar with mindfulness, or meditation practice, you may know about gratitude lists. These are lists of things that you are grateful for. From tiny things like the weather, the tube being on time or a tasty coffee. To big things like your health, friends or partner.
Why do this?
It makes you feel amazing and can put you in a much more positive mood for the day. This is especially true when carried out on a daily basis, or even a few times a day. I find it makes me realise, in a conscious way, how many good things are in my life. So that when something challenging happens I can cope with it much better.
You can write your list on paper, on your phone, you can say it out loud, or you can just in your head. I have a list on my phone that I can look at for inspiration, but mainly I just do it in my head. The trick is to get into the habit of it. Think of a time in your day when you have no distractions (especially from technology), this could be in the shower, doing your teeth, on your walk to the station, or on the bus.
I always try to do mine whilst walking up the stairs to my office in the morning. I find doing it first thing puts me in better mood for what ever the day might throw at me. It is harder to be in a routine at the weekend, but once you are in the habit in the week you start to find yourself doing it in any random moment of calm.
Give it a go, what have you got to lose? Even if you can only think of three things for your gratitude list, that’s still three things!