So I found a new website that’s kind of fun. It’s called “unstuck” and you can find it here. It bills itself as A Practical Guide to Gratitude (so you can see and think differently). There’s some really great stuff in here. One thing I really loved was a graphic that included “9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude.” So I’ll share their tips below (but please check out their site), along with a few images of things for which I was grateful this weekend.
1.) Notice your day-to-day world from a point of gratitude and be amazed at all of the goodness we take for granted. The video “A Good Day” from TEDxSF can get you in the right frame of mind.
2.) Keep a gratitude journal. All it requires is noting one or more things you are grateful for on a daily basis. No fancy notebook, no computer program required.
3.) If you identify something or someone with a negative trait (the cold conference room), switch it in your mind to a positive trait (the conference room with a great view).
4.) Gratitude requires humility, which the dictionary defines as “modest and respectful.” Explore where it fits in your life. The article “Humility: A Quiet, Underappreciated Strength” is a good start.
5.) Give at least one complement daily. It can be to a person or it can be asking someone to share your appreciation of something else (“I love how quiet it is in the morning, don’t you?”).
6.) When you find yourself in a bad situation, ask: What can I learn? When I look back on this, without emotion, what will I be grateful for?
7.) Vow not to complain, criticize, or gossip for 10 days. If you slip, rally your willpower and keep going. Notice the amount of energy you were spending on negative thoughts and actions.
8.) Sound genuinely happy to hear from the people who call you on the phone. Whether the caller responds with surprise or delight, he/she will know you value speaking with him.
9.) Become involved in a cause that is important to you. Donate money or time or talent. By joining in, you’ll gain greater appreciation for the organization, and it will appreciate you more, too.
Some really good food for thought.
Specific to #1, I loved getting outside and looking around this weekend. The colors, the shapes, the textures of fall…and the funny faces in the nuts on the ground.