Daily Five for a Happier Life

Research based evidence on the power of gratitude in our lives is simply too overpowering to ignore or dismiss as motivational feel-good mumbo-jumbo. According to an article published in the Huffington post, a study conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California at Davis and his colleague Mike McCullough at the University of Miami, found that in three control groups the group that kept a daily gratitude journal vs the ones that kept a “daily hassle” journal or no journal at all, were on average 25% happier and tended to be more active. The gratitude practitioners, exercised more, came to expect better outcomes and were more available emotionally to friends, co-workers and loved ones.
Gratitude, like anything we wish to develop in our life, is a practice and like all practice (take showering for example) must be engaged in daily for best results. The practice is very simple, particularly when compared to practices like exercising or meditating, and really it only takes a few minutes of “feeling” every day.
This is my daily five outline for gratitude:
1) What little thing in my life am I grateful for? – Most mornings it’s coffee or simply that my feet hit the floor!
2) What do I love in my life that I’m grateful for? – Family, home, hobby anything as long as you love it!
3) What talent, skill, way-of-being do I possess that I am grateful for? – Think ability to communicate or focus on a task or lift heavy things or anything you are good at!
4) Who is one person or group of people who I can be thankful for today? – Best friend, someone who just showed up to help with an issue, a job, a church… you get the idea.
5) What is my big F-YEA! – This one is admittedly harder some days than others, but remember this is a practice…do it even if you don’t completely feel it. Some days my Big F-YEA is “Thank God I’m alive! I get another chance today!!
So, gratitude…it’s good for you, it doesn’t hurt to do, it makes you happier and more productive, it only requires that you can count to five and makes people around you like you more! What’s keeping you?

Author rpalmer406Posted on January 18, 2018January 19, 2018

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