Appreciating little things in life is important. Unfortunately though, as human beings, we are conditioned to focus on the negative. I think this is something related to the conditions we were living in during the cavemen period. I read that it had been really dangerous back then:) Humans had to be alert all the time to stay alive and to be able to transmit their genes to the next generation. Even though we are living in rather comfortable times now, we are still geared towards concentrating on the negative. And apparently, we are more inclined to remember negative things.
But research tells that we can change things around. By being more mindful of our thoughts, we can realize when we are about to ruminate about the negative event that happened an hour ago, and we can stop the related negative thoughts in their tracks. And one of the ways to reach this level can be achieved by practicing gratitude every day.
You can start with baby steps. As soon as you wake up, try to find at least three things that you are grateful for that day. It can be as simple as having a warm and comfortable bed to sleep in. Or it can be the big promotion that you have recently received. Small or big, just try to train your brain to focus on the good things that are happening in your life.
If you’d like to know what I’m grateful for today, please read on.
I’m grateful for this wonderful view from my study room. Having this view is really important for me, especially after having spent two years in an office without any windows. I repeat, I worked at an office, in the UK; and this office did not have any windows. No sunlight, no fresh air. Nothing:) I was really surprised at first because I know that in countries like Germany, for work and health safety reasons, an office has to have windows. But apparently, that’s not the case in the UK. In fact, there appears to be a lot of offices without windows in the UK. How do I know? Because I tried to change my job several times. I talked to my network. I told them that working at an office without windows eight hours a day was not helping me psychologically and that’s why I was searching for another job. Guess what some of my friends told me. Their offices did not have windows either!
Anyway, it’s in the past now. Instead of thinking about the past negative events, I prefer to concentrate on the beautiful view I have in front of me right now and feel grateful about it.
So, what are you grateful for today?