If you want to live a life filled with more inner peace and calm, many spiritual gurus suggest that practicing the art of gratitude will help get you there. I don’t know about you, but I find gratitude to be a challenging principle to put into place.
Namely, how do I find the time to be grateful in between fussing at my kids to take their vitamins, studying for science tests at the last minute and living in fear that my adult acne is going to come back with vengeance?
Oprah suggests keeping a gratitude journal to document all the things you’re grateful for each and every day, but I’ve never been the journaling type. I’m very hit or miss in that department.
Others suggest listing off five things you’re grateful for before your feet hit the floor each morning. I tried this tactic the other day, but as I laid in bed, I found myself saying I was thankful to get a jump start on my to-do list…including picking children’s underwear off the floor, polishing off a research report at work and figuring out what the hell I was going to make for dinner.
I’m not sure that’s the kind of gratitude the gurus were talking about.
Lately, however, I’ve found a few practical ways of expressing gratitude that I’m giving a whirl. They’re less airy-fairy and more down-to-earth, which means they’re more likely to work.
Maybe you’ll want to try them on for size too.