We’ve been stocking up at Breeze on some great clothing, merchandise and gifts. We’ve searched the globe for “all things positive”, little things that lift the spirit, put a “smile on the dial” or provoke uplifting thoughts. Our favourite new line is from US based Joyologist, a collection of incredible motivational prints, journals, affirmation decks and more, that both remind us of and reaffirm in us, our own unique power. We also have the fabulous Superlovetees and Belove Apparel clothing lines, all of which bear uplifting and motivational messages like “Grateful Heart” and “Truth Rising”. These are three of our best selling lines currently and it seems that we are all instantly drawn to all things uplifting these days, which prompted this blog on gratitude, and why it is just so essential to our own sense of well-being.
Feeling and expressing gratitude is, quite simply, one of the most powerful, transformative tools to create a state of joy, abundance and contentment in our daily lives.
During times of challenge, frustration and stress, no matter how great or how small, this simple technique can calm the mind, soften the heart and bring our focus back to “what is” rather than “what isn’t”. It's a simple case of recognizing any niggling negative thought patterns emerging, and digging into our own personal “well of gratitude”, to get the instant benefit of a positive and lasting shift in mood and perception.
Practicing gratitude daily will rapidly become second nature and make for a happier, more tolerant, more robust and more contented you. Here are a few simple steps to get the attitude of gratitude firmly rooted in your daily living…
Get Grateful - A Wake Up Call
Start the day positively. Keep a journal right next to your bed. Before you check your phone or leap out of bed in the morning, pick up a pen and paper and write just three things or people that you are grateful for in your life, more if you have time. This starts your day on a bountiful and positive note – you’ve got a great head start already!
Get Trigger Happy
Think of something that you do each day that will remind you to bring your thoughts back to gratitude, for example when you have a drink of water, or when you grab a bite to eat. Use that trigger to mentally bring you back to focusing on what you have to be thankful for. It can be anything, from experiences that day, to your health, to simply breathing, to your own abilities/character traits you have/people and situations in your life – when you start to really focus on gratitude you’ll be amazed how much material you have!
Pay it Forward
You know that feeling when someone pays a compliment, gives eye contact, notices something you’ve done and shows appreciation – so go ahead – make someone’s day! It can be a friend, colleague, family member or a complete stranger. You can shift someone’s whole perspective with one simple gesture – and like a chain reaction they might just pass it forward too. Even more for you to feel good about!
Journaling is a highly effective way to end the day. Get all your positives on paper and drift into a blissful sleep – it’s all good!
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others” Marcus Tillius Cicero