A Simple Exercise to Practice Gratitude

A Simple Exercise to Practice Gratitude

It was the end of a workout class and the instructor asked everyone to look at their neighbor and say one thing they are thankful for.

The problem was I couldn’t think of anything I was thankful for.

Well, these workout classes are canceled right now…

And in hindsight, I should have been thankful that I was able to take the class, amongst other things, like the clean water I was drinking or flexibility in my schedule to work out.

The point is, when asked on the spot, I wasn’t thankful for anything. 

That’s a problem because with the COVID-19 pandemic that’s going on right now – it’s making me realize all these things that we take for granted. Things that we should be thankful for. 

Being able to dine at a restaurant. Not having to wear gloves when I leave the house.

The point is – when we’re in a state of gratitude – we can’t be;

  • Grateful and Sad
  • Grateful and Angry
  • Grateful and Anxious

It’s physically impossible to feel both emotions at the same time.

So why don’t we just feel more grateful???

Well, it’s a lot more difficult than that.

You don’t just feel grateful for clean air – if you’ve never experienced bad air.

Here’s the kicker. We don’t have to experience bad air, to be grateful for clean air. 

We simply have to practice being grateful.

It’s that simple. If we practice being grateful every day, we become more grateful. 

This means we become less sad, less angry, less anxious –  all things that we need right now.

So how do you do this?

  1. Grab a pen and paper
  2. Make a list 1-10
  3. Write down 10 things you’re grateful for

Prtactice this every day and you will begin to see results before the month is over.

Here’s some things that I’m grateful for;

  • I’m thankful for my mother giving birth to me
  • I’m thankful for my smartphone and data plan
  • I’m thankful that I didn’t have to wait in crazy lines for toilet paper

I’m thankful for you reading this,

Blue Door