In parts one and of our 3 sure-fire techniques to giving your day an instant lift, we covered why it’s so important not to let a negative mood spiral out of control and become a dangerous habit. Plus we let you in on the secret of two techniques for giving your day an instant lift.
In this mini-series we’re bringing you 3 ways you can lift your mood in less than 60 seconds, which has got to be worth a try, hasn’t it?
In part three, we’re bringing you one of my favourit mood lifters. Are you ready yet?
Here is the third of our 3 sure-fire techniques to give your day an instant lift.
No. 3: Feeling Grateful
There’s something about feeling grumpy about everything that’s going wrong that drags our mood down instantly.
But turning our perspective around – and consciously choosing to think of things we feel happy about or grateful for – is one of the most effective ways to reprogramme our thought habits.
So how do you do it?
- Grab a piece of paper and a pen. This works better if you write it, rather than type it, because it gets your creative brain running.
- Make a list of 10 things you feel graeful for, right now. This might feel tough, if you’re feeling down. But there will be ten things. No matter how bad things might seem, you’re still breathing…
- Now, one at a time, go through the items on your list and focus on each of them. Give the item your full attention, really feeling the emotion of gratitude, as you work through the list.
- Now let go of the practice and notice what you notice.
How much better are you feeling now?
Are more things to feel grateful about suddenly coming to mind?
Are you ready to kick the habit of feeling grumpy about what’s missing – choosing, instead, to feel grateful about what’s already here?
Here’s How To Easily Create This New Habit
Do one of these lists every day. It works really well, first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed. Many people find it helps to have a special notebook or journal, to write these lists in.
Some days it feels easy, other days it’s more of a challenge. But either way, it sets the tone for your day and gives a clear instruction to your unconscious mind that it’s job is to find more things to feel good about.
Just imagine the difference that will make!
You could even find your favourite things to feel good about and write them on small pieces of paper, sticking them in a jar, so you can pull one out at random, whenever you need a mood lift.
There are so many ways to apply this technique and it forms the basis for going Beyond Alchemy and starting to live the life you have been dreaming of.
How did you get on with these techniques? We’d love to hear your thoughts via the comments box!