What I’m going to tell you today is not groundbreaking news.
It’s not a new concept.
It’s not my idea.
However, when implemented properly it will absolutely change your life.
What I want to implore you to start doing, it you’re not already, is express gratitude.
Like all the other things good for you, it’s easy to say, but often much more difficult to implement on a regular basis. Please allow me to give you some parameters and action steps to make gratitude a daily occurrence.
Step one in this process is to get a physical journal, notebook, etc to record your daily gratitude. I recommend doing this first thing in the morning or making it the last thing you do before going to sleep (or both if you’re feeling spicy!).
Next, write down 5 things you are grateful for. Don’t hold back here. You can be as selfish or unselfish as you want. If your iPhone brings you joy, write it down. If you’re thankful for the health of your family, write that down, too. This exercise becomes a great reminder of all the big and little blessings you have every day.
Expressing gratitude can be a very personal thing. However, I do believe it is something that should be shared with someone close to you. A spouse or significant other, your bestie, a parent...someone you know and trust, who will listen and share the experience with you. Oftentimes over dinner, my girlfriend and I ask each other “What are 3 good things that happened today?” It’s a great way for us to not only connect, but to remind ourselves of the good from the day, even if we feel the day didn’t go as planned. We all have problems, but sharing your gratitude can serve as a reminder things aren’t that bad.
Gratitude should also be expressed outwardly. I highly recommend seeking opportunities each day to express your gratitude towards others. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference you can make by simply engaging with others who cross your path.
If you’re purchasing something from a store, put your phone away and give a compliment to the cashier. Send a text to a friend and tell them how much you appreciate them. Mail...yes, like physically mail...a thank you note to someone deserving.
Not to sound super hokey, but living a life of gratitude can absolutely change your outlook on life, and help you experience life at a level greater than most.
In addition to coaching people to better fitness and nutrition, Marc enjoys writing and helping expand people's minds to live their best life.
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