This is one of my favorite ways to avoid the slippery slope of sadness. I write my gratitudes for the day. Instead of focusing on what’s not working, I look for what is. Our mind influences what we see and feel. To feel better, shift your mind. Even for a moment. Begin small. Say “thank you” to others and to yourself. Appreciate your body and the many things that it does for you. According to Melody Beattie, another of my favorite authors, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Try it. You’ll like it!
“In Attitudes of Gratitude, M. J. Ryan teaches readers how to unlock the fullness of their hearts and lives through the expression of gratitude. “Gratitude helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness,” she writes, “where we notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong. It makes us feel complete, that we have everything we need, at least in this moment.” In her introduction to this 10th anniversary edition, Ryan recounts current research that bolsters her original thinking–people who practice gratitude on a daily basis are, by and large, happier, healthier, and more effective in the world. She also shares with readers brand new, top 10 gratitude practices, which readers of the first edition and people she’s taught and counseled over the years have provided to her. The concept of this book is very simple and very profound: “Gratitude creates happiness.” It’s a fact of life (and science as it turns out). Plants create carbon dioxide and gratitude creates happiness.”
I have people in my office every day who want more in their lives. If you’d like to be one of them, please give me a call at 404.518.0828 to make an appointment. Let’s begin exploring ways that give you the life of your dreams, not your nightmares. Dr. Sharman Colosetti