The Gratitude Attitude

Imagine walking into a room that smells of freshly baked bread. Almost immediately you are aware of the pleasant warm aroma filling your nostrils. But if you stay in that room for a few minutes, something quite strange happens, slowly that small seems to disappear.

In fact this happens whenever you are presented with a constant sensation, whether it is a sound, an image or a smell, you quickly get used to it, your mind adapts to the stimulus and it slips out of your awareness.

The only way to bring that freshly baked bread aroma back again is to walk out of the room for a moment, and then come back in.

This desensitisation to a constant sensation doesn’t only apply to the physical senses, rather almost anything we are regularly or consistently exposed to will naturally fade into the background of our awareness as we get used to it. Simply put, we take it for granted.

The result of this effect is that so many things which could bring us happiness, and would undoubtedly do so again in an instant if we were only deprived of them for a while, simply go unnoticed. The good news is, just like walking back into the room with the baking bread all it takes is a little reminder to jog our memory and make us feel happy and grateful to have those things again.

Just in case you’re thinking that you don’t have anything to feel grateful for, just take a look at the list below, how many do you have, and how would you feel if you suddenly found yourself without them.

A loving partner, some good friends, a roof over your head, an interesting job, great kids, an exciting hobby, enough food to eat, caring parents, being in good health, and clean water to drink.

We all have some things in our life that make us happy, that we would very soon miss, and probably at least at one time we were very grateful for. I’m sure now that’s got your mind going, you can probably think of many, more too.

How can I put this to use?

Like all the best idea’s putting this into action is remarkably simple. All you need to do, is consciously remind yourself of things that make you happy and that you should be grateful for.

Each day just write down one thing that makes you happy and that you are grateful for.

That’s all there is to it. It can be something from that day, something that’s always there, or an experience you happen to be reminded of, it doesn’t matter just as long as it is something that you are grateful for.

Gratitude is said to have one of the strongest links with mental health of any character trait. Research carried out by Emmons and McCullough on the technique above, of simply writing down the things you are grateful for, showed that those who did this ended up happier, were physically healthier and were more motivated to making improvements in their life.

 

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