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Positive Mental Health- Gratitude

16 May

Thank you

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is  as though everything is a miracle” Albert Einstein

Of all the areas of positive mental health improvement. Gratitude to me is the greatest.

When we are thankful for what we have in lives we begin to open all these little doors that are in our lives that we never looked behind before. Being grateful rocks in so many ways.

Gratitude comes in many forms. What I do is ask people to begin to look at what it is that they are Grateful for in life? We do that by creating a simple gratitude diary. How it works is that at the end of each day we look at the 3/4 things that went well today. They might be very simple events like the fact that a friend called around with cake and you had an enjoyable chat or that you received a smile from someone who brightened up your day. You may have been told in work that you have done a great job today, or it might be the fact that you achieved something that you wanted to for a while. Simple usually unnoticed events that we take for granted are placed in our gratitude diary. Each night as we write these down we begin to see that we are far more thankful for our lives than we thought before. The small things that happen become wonderful parts of our day and life. When the amazing wonderful events cross our path well they just seem to be unbelievable. Simply because we have learnt to become grateful for the small things in life. The neural pathways in our brain are now hardwired to look for the good in life. I recommend that you do this every night of your life. We start with 21 days and see these amazing changes in our view of our beautiful world. Which uncovers wonders that happened to us daily it’s just we never took time to notice.

The other way is to tell someone in your life that you are grateful that they are there. You can physically tell them or you can write it down on a piece of paper and deliver it to them personally. Let them read it out as you are there. It is a wonderful sharing experience between two people and deeply moving. Try it some time. It is wonderful.

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera and grace before the play and pantomime and grace before I open a book,and grace before sketching,painting,swimming,fencing,boxing,walking,playing,dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink” Gk Chesterton

Also simply from the moment we wake in the morning until the moment we close our eyes and drift to sleep at night we should be saying Thank you to your God , Spiritual leader or Universal life force for all that you have. Thank you for the hot water in my shower  the Sun that lights up my day. The fact that I press a switch and  a light turns on. Thank you for my fridge that keeps my food fresh. Thank you for the roof over my head and the clothes on my back. The car that I drive and the people who I love. Being thankful for everything that you experience throughout the day and just as you are about to finally close your eyes for the last time that day be Thankful for the bed and covers that you are drifting off to sleep in.

In the end it is this quote from David Steindal-Rast that says it all.

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy” David Steindl-Rast

3 is a Magic number

5 Oct

This week was a busy week spent visiting and talking with school students . This week I facilitated workshops for over 400 students excluding the 60 students that came along to watch the Happy Movie on Tuesday.

A wide range of students from primary school students ( age 10-11) all the way up to degree students. How lucky was I this week to meet such a diverse range of students. Every group had their own dynamic and I thoroughly enjoyed every single one. How lucky am I, that I can spend my days talking to people about what is great about this world and what life has to offer.

One exercise that I use with students and practice myself each day is 3 great things. We talk about the importance of remembering by writing down or thinking of 3 things that went well in our day.

It does not have to be events like winning a trip to Disneyland. It can be the simple things in life that make us reframe the way we look at the world.

I put a 21 day gratitude diary for the 10 and 11 year old kids to focus on over the next 3 weeks I am with them. So the students could get an understanding of how this works. I said I would write on the board the 3 things that I would be putting on my list tonight.

I began to write on the board

  1. Run( I explained that I was going to go for a run tonight because that makes me healthy and it also puts me in a good mood. I am also so thankful for my health)
  2. Hot Chocolate ( I explained to the students that sometimes I like to treat myself, Today that treat is going to be a hot chocolate because I have not had one in such along time- Yum)

I started to write my 3rd nice thing and heard a gasp from behind me in the class…. followed by a chorus of “ooh that is so nice”…

My  number 3 was simply….. How lucky I was to meet every single one of you today.

What a beautiful experience…. I shared my gratitude with the kids for being a wonderful part of my day and they in turn shared their appreciation for feeling that they really matter…. and they do.

Happiness is not complicated it is not somewhere else , it might be hard to find sometimes but… when it is shared…. it is wonderful.

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