new week: 4 ways to INSTANTLY feel better about YOUR LIFE

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FEELING BITTER, ANGRY OR STRUGGLING TO FEEL GRATEFUL?

These easy tricks will make you thankful for what you have – boom!


We all have a tendency, {whether we like it or not – or mean it or not} to feel bitter about life circumstances – and we all struggle sometimes with feeling grateful.

When we feel ungrateful, we are often imagining an alternative scenario that seems so much better than what we are experiencing. Instead, choose to imagine a scenario that makes you appreciate your present situation. You’ll be grateful you did!

Here are the scientifically validated gratitude techniques to help you do just that…

the WRITING EXERCISES

List Three Good Things: The quickest and easiest way to feel grateful. List three things that went well in your life recently—maybe you found a great parking spot at work or received a thoughtful compliment from a friend on Facebook. Try it at the beginning or end of your day as a moment of reflection.

Write a Letter of Gratitude: Think of someone like a family member, friend or colleague at work that has made a positive impact on you in some way. Write in detail about what that impact is and what it means to you. The beauty of this one is that you don’t have to send the letter; it strengthens your gratitude either way! Research suggests that the ideal frequency of this exercise is about once a week; if done more, writing the letters can become a chore and give you minimal benefit.

 

the THINKING EXERCISES

How Things Could Be Worse: This one will really challenge your usual thinking patterns. Imagine a worse situation not very far removed from your present reality. By doing this you’ll be able to put your situation into context, and work through it in a more positive way.

It Will Get Better: It’s critical to see your adversity as temporary; convincing yourself that things cannot possibly change will do you no good. If you dread going to work, consider all of the reasons why this is so. Are they all immune to change? What about your job? Is it literally impossible to find something else? Use rational thinking to convince yourself that the situation will improve and it almost certainly will.

{Source: You Beauty / Pic. Harpers Bazaar}


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