If your heart is busting with gratitude – if you truly feel it in you – you won’t actually have room for any other emotion.
You can’t be grateful and angry at the same time, it’s impossible.
It’s one or the other.
Grateful or angry. Grateful or jealous. Grateful or miserable. Grateful or_____ (fill-in the blank with some negative emotion). And this is the thing: anything that you are feeling draws more of the same to you. Anger attracts more anger, fear attracts more fear. Gratitude attracts abundance.
Given that, it makes all the sense in the world to force yourself to be more grateful for your life, even when you don’t necessarily feel it.
1. Get Your Routine Down
- visualization (for your day, mentally planning everything as you’d like it be)
- tune into social media until you have your day visualized and your routine completed
- engage in the news or current affairs until you have your day visualized, routine completed
- do ANYTHING before your routine that will set your day off kilter
2. Make lists
3. Distract Yourself
4. Play with Processes
Those are 4 ways to force yourself to feel more grateful for your life.
They all go back to the belief that gratitude – like any emotion – is a muscle that gets stronger with use, flexing, repetition and testing. It’s worth building that muscle because it will transform your life if you let it.
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.