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3 Steps to Happiness with Daily Gratitude


We are living in a day and age where less and less of us take a moment to just stop – breathe – look around and appreciate the moments that we are living. We are always so caught up in how to make money, how to be happier, how to be slimmer, how to be better than than yesterday, how to do better always – WHICH is amazing BUT in order to grow you need to be able to reflect on where you are and appreciate that where you are now is exactly where you need to be. To me happiness is success – to be happy is my success. To enable this success I need to appreciate EVERY moment good, bad, indifferent is exactly the path I needed to take to enable me to achieve success – Happiness. If you haven’t yet, a MAJOR read I would recommend to help you appreciate your life and understand the power of mindfulness and gratitude is: Robin Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferarri. One of the most powerful reads I have read. He is focused on the quality of life is determined by the quality of our thoughts. This is MAJORLY true. Hw many times have your thoughts affected your day to day life – ALL the time. Now I amn’t stating whether these are negative or positive – but how many times have you let a negative thought spiral out of control to completely and utterly ruin your day – we all have. By taking your time at the end of the day to reflect and show gratitude that no matter what has happened negaively in your day you still appreciate and can find thanks for that day – is truely magnifying and controlling your thoughts.

“The secret of happiness is simple:
find out what you truly love to do
and then direct all of your energy towards doing it.
Once you do this, abundance flows into your life
and all your desires are filled with ease and grace.”

– Robin Sharma,  The Monk Who Sold His Ferarri

I am going to run through 5 ways to give more gratitude to your day and create a happier outlook, a more productive day and less sleepless nights:

  1. Bookend Your Days
    • This concept really has helped me gain more control of my life. What do I mean by bookending your days? In a book I read called “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. Hardy talks about the principle of bookending your day. The concept being that no matter what happens during the middle at least the beginning and the end are a consistent and happy. We are so limited to what we control during the day, therefore this principle enables us to have that control in the morning and the evening. What I do now (call me sad but honestly it has changed my life) – every morning I wake up and the first thing I do is read 10 pages of a good quality self development book. I follow this by quickly jotting down what I am doing with my day – what is my to do list, what is my priorities and one thing I am really looking forward too that day. This really sets my mind up well for the day that I know before I have even left my bed I have gained 10 pages of knowledge. Then in the evening I take 5 – 10 minutes just to reflect on my day. What went well, what didn’t go well, what I am looking forward to the morning, What I need to do in the morning. I feel this helps me relax. I used to be up answering emails till 11pm at night – WHY? I asked myself this time and time again – if it isnt answered by 7pm it can wait to the next day. This ritual helps enable me to get any frustrations down on paper, and help me look at what I need to focus on. At this point of the day I also write one thing I am grateful for in my life at that present moment.
  2. Daily Kindness/Daily Gratitude
    • Kindness comes for free – why more of us don’t use it I will never know. When was the last time you held a door open for someone, helped someone with their bags upstairs, complimented someone, it only take 2 minutes of your time. Practicing gratitude and kindness daily will help you find your own purpose in life. Try it today – one act of Kindness a Day. Think about what acts of Kindness someone would do for you that would make you smile, or think about your day when you thought – aw thank you!

      “The most noble thing you can do is to give to others.
      Start focusing on your higher purpose.” Robin Sharma

      Then practising daily gratitude. As I said I now write down every evening what and who I am grateful for in my life. Each week on a Sunday I spend 20 – 30 minutes planning and thinking regarding the week ahead. What are you looking forward too, what do you want to change from the week before. Refocus, refresh, restart.

  3. Fail to Prepare – Prepare to Fail
    • I get laughed at sometimes with my OCD planning. I am better now, but I will literally have my diary planned months in advance down to the day. Why? I hate having a day wasted. Each week I look at my week ahead and look at what I have booked in, what needs to be done and completed. It literally eases and calms my mind so I am in a much more productive mood because firstly I know exactly what I am doing that week and seocndly it flows naturally.

      Stay Committed to your Decisions but flexible in your approach.

      All is great with a plan but if you are not flexible in your approach to it then you will get stressed easily and this will cause less happiness. Ensure you plan your week – take 10 – 20 minutes on your sunday evening just to look at whats ahead. I like to do mine on a Friday before I leave work so I know exactly what lies ahead the next week. Honestly having a plan for that week will help you with your thoughts, your mindset and your happiness. So tonight ask yourself:

      • What am I looking forward to this week?
      • What do I want to achieve this week?
      • What can I improve on from last week?
      • What am I grateful for in my life?
      • What makes me smile?

 

Recommended Reading:

Robin Sharma – The Monk Who Sold His Ferarri
Darren Hardy – The Compound Effect

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