I heart gratitude a lot and while I’m not going to tell you to get yourself a gratitude practice stat! ( I hate toxic positivity) I am going to share a side effect of gratitude because it blew my mind.
I’ve always had a gratitude practice but lets be honest- it was half assed. I’d leave it til the end of my check in and either fall asleep by then or be distracted by something else. So half the time, it wasn’t even being done.
I changed my whole set up recently to really focus on gratitude first and that’s when I noticed I was becoming a cheerier ray of sunshine. And I was feeling good because of that!
Get the flu and have to stay home and on the couch? Oh well, at least I get to read books and watch movies all day. Might as well make the most of it!
Have some scary health problems that mimic cancer symptoms? Hmmm, if this turns out to be BAD and there is an afterlife, I’ve already got some good friends waiting for me.
Thoughts like this have become my norm! I am just not as bothered by stuff as I used to be. Don’t get me wrong, as a person with an active Sh*t List, I still have negative emotions but they don’t run my life as badly as they used to.
The thing of it was this: I’m not just thinking more positive thoughts, I’m really feeling them. They are palpable. An entity of their own with some very pleasing side effects.
I did not know this was even a thing!