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Welcome to the 7 days of happiness, a program designed to enhance your experience of joy in day to day life. We are all on this constant search for happiness and it’s funny that something so many people crave it is so difficult to attain. We look for it in all kinds of places, nice home, a successful job, the perfect partner and perfect “EVERYTHING”. But even when we attain all those things, happiness still eludes us. The reason why? We are so busy looking for it in achievements, material things and pleasure. We miss the fact that happiness is actually born from inside out.
Through this week, I am going to share with you the 7 principles that will significantly contribute to your happiness. You will learn how to see the world through the lens of gratitude and how to offer yourself love and acceptance. How to give up the endless search for satisfaction and how to let go of that, which doesn’t serve you. Will address how to prioritize health, how to embrace uncertainty and explore the power of play.
In each day, I will share with you practical strategies you can test out in your own life to enhance the level of your happiness.
To start, we are going to focus on the benefits of gratitude. Gratitude is the ultimate antidote to unhappiness because when you are experiencing it, it’s almost impossible to feel weak or lost. It helps you see the bright side of things when life otherwise can feel impossible. It enables you to appreciate your circumstances and focus on all that you have and rather than focusing on all that you don’t have. Now, I am not suggesting that gratitude is always easy. Life is far from perfect but when we experience and enhance challenges, pain or loss; that’s when it’s most valuable. The more you practice gratitude, the easier it becomes and the more benefits you experience. Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude, constantly report psychological benefits such as being more alert, experience optimism and happiness. They experience social benefits like feeling generous, compassionate, and connected to others. Their physical benefits such as stronger immunity and ability to deal with stress and pain. Most relevant, gratitude blocks toxic and negative emotions and enhances positive once. So, you see why it’s worth the effort to practice gratitude?
Let’s start today’s practice by finding a comfortable spot where you can take a moment for yourself. We can find gratitude in so many little things and very often we forget to appreciate the things that we are so used to see, hear, feel and taste every single day. But it is important to remind ourselves to be grateful for things not only after we loose them but when we actually have them. For instance: our eyes that let us see, our ears that let us hear. All our senses in our bodies, finding gratitude for that. Also feel gratitude for the people in our lives.
So, right now if you could bring to mind a person you are most grateful for at the moment. It could be a family member, a friend, a partner or a child. It could be anyone you know. Anyone who’s extended kindness. Picture that person, see their face smiling and with your whole body breath deeply and really feeling into that appreciation.
You might find gratitude in the fact that you are safe. That you have a roof over your head and a warm home. Appreciating the incredible food supply that’s available from all over the world. The marvel of electricity you don’t even have to think about from the day you were born, it was just always there. And the generation upon generation meet sacrifices so we can enjoy rights, privileges and freedom.
Breath in the moment of gratitude for the small but significant pleasures in life such as fresh air, sunsets, parks, rain, the ocean and the warmth of the sun. We can be grateful for our talents or the qualities that make us unique. We can find gratitude in the lessons we have learned and the set backs that made us stronger.
Now, take a moment and really set your focus on the things that you are appreciative about. You might want to write them down or if it’s a person, you might want to tell them how much you love and appreciate them. It might be people from near or far. Anyone who’s been kind or brings meaning to your life. It might be the kindness of strangers, animals, things you enjoy doing, that which brings you laughter. Whatever gets you up from the bed in the morning and gives you purpose. That you are here right now, and just take a few moments to embrace that for which you are grateful. Allow gratitude to sink into your heart and body. As we come to the end of the practice, take a moment and notice how you feel. There are various forms of gratitude practices you can try in your own life on daily basis.
- If you enjoy writing, you can start a gratitude journal! First thing in the morning or right before bed. Write a list of 5 things for which you are grateful.
- If you aren’t a fan of writing, at night just before bed when you place your head on the pillow, take a few moments to recall some things you were grateful for through the day.
Most importantly, practice daily even when it feels challenging. The more you practice the easier it becomes. Noticing to appreciate things every change you get. Focus on gratitude daily and see how your happiness expands.
CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING DAY 1 OF 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!