An excellent way to lower your stress is by having gratitude. How can having gratitude help? Mainly because it makes us think positively, about what is good in our lives, and sparks a bit of hope for the future. If we only think negatively, problems begin to look insurmountable and the future looks dreary.
One easy idea is a gratitude journal. Write something in it every day that you are grateful for. At the end of the day, or anytime you need it, read just a little.
Another idea is a gratitude jar. On a slip of paper, write something that you are grateful for. When you need a boost, reach in and read a few you choose randomly.
What you write should be simple, even a single word. It’s just for you, so don’t let the idea of writing stop you. There are no spelling or grammar tests. It’s stirring that once you begin looking, the more you find to be grateful for. These serve as wonderful reminders that some things do go right for us in our lives. Something may be rough at the moment, but when we look back at it months later we find that we overcame it and maybe even grew from it.
Of course be sure to express your gratitude to the people around you. Tell them in person or use one of the many communication options we have today. You will brighten their day, which makes them grateful and wanting to pass their gratitude along.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
— William Arthur Ward