Would you like an easy and free way to feel happiness that only takes a couple of minutes?
This is very simple: spend just a few private minutes every day to think about what you are grateful for in your life.
No one is too busy to do this, because it honestly takes just two minutes every day. If you think your life is too busy, fit this in when you are waiting in line for something, or when you are sitting at your computer. The best time is when you go to bed.
If you’ve never done this, this may sound a little flaky or useless, but I invite you to try this. Here’s how to do it:
- Sit or lie down quietly, close your eyes, and take a few deep, slow breaths to relax.
- Think about what you are grateful for in your life. Even if you are going through a hard time right now, when you set your intention to think about things that you are thankful for, you will easily come up with many things. Examples: you have your health, or today you have no pain, the people or pets in your life that you are thankful for, the good laugh you had with a friend, the safe commute you had today, etc.
- Optional additional things you can do to accompany this practice:
- write down what you are grateful for
- have an inner smile
- see this gratitude as a shimmering ball of light in your heart that grows larger and larger the more you think about the things you are thankful for. This ball of light swells and expands to fill your body, then goes beyond your body into the room, building, neighbourhood, then into the city around you.
Now after a few minutes, check in with yourself to see how you feel. You will likely feel lighter, calmer and most importantly, HAPPIER.
So why does this work?
- it reminds you of the positive things in your life
- it can help change your perspective and see that problems may not be as big as your monkey mind has manufactured them to be
- it reminds you of what is important
When you do this, you are meditating on Gratitude. Gratitude is a very strong emotion that positively affects your energy, which in turn, simply brings a feeling of happiness.
I hope you enjoy the power of gratitude.