Gratitude and Positive Mindset with Mindfulness

By being more grateful for what you have now will automatically push your mind in a positive direction. When you really appreciate what you have in your life now, you will start to feel happier. Of course we all want more in our lives but how often do you really take stock and feel the gratitude for what we have already. Our brains have a tendency to focus on the negative aspects of life, yet by just being more grateful for what we have we can change this to thoughts of joy, love and contentment very quickly.

Research is starting to show that by being generally more grateful is not only that mental health is improved but it also improves your sleep quality and amount of sleep. Key to using gratitude to improve your well being and making yourself feel happier is to be grateful each day. Spend a few minutes each day being thankful and grateful for what you have in your life and for what life has given you. Ideally do this in the morning so you start the day in a positive frame of mind. You should start to notice increased feelings of optimism and satisfaction with life.

You will probably find when you really start to think about all the things in your life that there is to be grateful for that the list can be very long, which is an encouraging start. Try focusing on one thing, person, situation or area of your life and start thinking about how grateful you are for all the different aspects and elements. Try to pick a different subject each time and before you know it you will be grateful for hundreds of things in your life.

Some good places to start are, someone that has helped you in your life, all that they have done for you and all the positive results that have come about because of this. Think about all the people that have helped your dinner get to your plate and be grateful for all that they all have done along each step of it’s journey to your stomach. The list of things to be grateful will be endless as with each moment that passes there is something else to be grateful for. This is one of the quickest ways you can improve your mood, so what are you waiting for, show some gratitude now.

John Burley

John Burley lives in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and is the author of Mindfulness for the Mindless due for publication on 2nd April 2018. He is also the director of a software development company producing software solutions to mainly the gaming industry. He blogs about mindfulness at www.amindfulway.blog which has a growing following both on the blog itself, the accompanying Android app and on social media too.

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