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7 Easy Gratitude Exercises That Make Even the Most Pessimistic People Happier

Things you feel grateful for

Identify 3 things that you feel grateful for and appreciate about your life.

These things can be based on the past, present, or future. No category or thing is too big or small to appreciate, however, being specific might be helpful.

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7 Easy Gratitude Exercises That Make Even the Most Pessimistic People Happier

7 Easy Gratitude Exercises That Make Even the Most Pessimistic People Happier

https://www.inc.com/matthew-jones/7-simple-gratitude-practices-that-make-all-pessimistic-people-happier.html

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Things you feel grateful for

Identify 3 things that you feel grateful for and appreciate about your life.

These things can be based on the past, present, or future. No category or thing is too big or small to appreciate, however, being specific might be helpful.

Things you take for granted

Identify 3 things that you take for granted but are actually very thankful for.

This is the time to reflect and discover which of those you value the most. 

Things you appreciate about yourself

Identify 3 things that you appreciate about yourself.

Pick things that are meaningful. These can involve your personality, your qualities, your actions, or anything else directly related to yourself.

Grateful about your now

Identify 3 things that you feel grateful for about your present--right now--experience.

Be in the here-and-now. Right now, what can you appreciate about your experience? Think about the environment, the time you're taking for your own wellbeing, the chair under your legs, anything that relates to the now.

Identify 3 people

... that had a significant and positive influence on your life.

These can be coaches, mentors, professors, bosses, family members, or anyone else. Call those people to mind and think about how they made a difference in your life.

Thank you message

Create a thank you message to those 3 individuals.

A great way to feel appreciative is to think about sending a thank you letter. You can write and send one if you want, or simply construct one that you would imagine sending to these people. Connect to that appreciation while thinking through your message.

Identify the 1 thing

Identify the 1 thing that you are most appreciative of and feel it in your heart.

Allow that warmth, love, appreciation, and gratitude to wash over you.

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Write a thank-you note

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Thank someone mentally

No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you and mentally thank the individual.

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The human mind naturally overemphasizes the negative

Psychologists have found that the loss of something is two to four times more painful than the joy of gaining the same thing.

Gratitude is the skill of happiness

It requires practice and effort and habit. But it’s a skill anyone can learn and anyone can do. 

Consciously practicing gratitude makes one happier

It makes one appreciate what one has and helps one to remain in the present moment. Practicing gratitude increases accountability which directly leads to higher self-esteem and happiness.

Count your blessings

Spend 5 to 10 minutes at the end of each day writing in detail about three things that went well that day, large or small, and also describing why you think they happened.

Mental subtraction

You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone. 

Consider the many ways in which important, positive events in your life—such as a job opportunity or educational achievement—could have never taken place, and then reflecting on what your life would be like without them.

Savor

We have a tendency to adapt to pleasurable things—a phenomenon called “hedonic adaptation”—and appreciate them less and less over time. 

We can interrupt this process by trying the Give it Up practice, which requires temporarily giving up pleasurable activities and then coming back to them later, this time with greater anticipation and excitement.

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What you’re saying to yourself

Observe the thoughts that come up and do not judge yourself for having them. If you have unkind thoughts, ask yourself if you would speak to any other human being the same way you speak to yourself...

Find supportive people

Do not be afraid to decline invitations to events that pull you down. This will make room for the things in your life that makes you feel happy.

Find and/or make time for activities that will bring you joy.

What others appreciate about you

A kind word from someone we love and trust can go a long way. Their perspective can also help shed some light on some of our qualities we are unaware of.

Ask close friends or family what they appreciate about you. Save their words. Reread them when you need them.

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Accept your emotions

Recognize what happened and how you feel. Suppressing your emotions will get you nowhere. It’s important to first focus on how you feel.

You can also journal your emotions or speak with a clo...

Focus on the facts

Take a step out of the emotions and stress to really look at the facts of the situation. Try to look at the situation objectively and seek ways to work productively toward solving it.

Get an outside perspective, if you struggle with getting the facts in an objective manner.

Don't let it consume you

Once we’ve made what we’d call a bad decision, we give it a lot of meaning it does not inherently have.

So try to mentally separate yourself from the decision. Doing so can help you strip it of its power.

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  • Having a core values list helps you make better decisions. The decisions you make come more quickly and efficiently than they would without it.
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Creating a List Of Personal Values

The core values that are most valuable to each of us come from our own personal experience, not from being taught.

As you put them into practice you’ll get better at internalizing these values and they’ll express themselves subconsciously with smaller decisions, as well.

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Review your "to-done’s"

Boost your mood and motivation by taking the time to review your completed tasks at the end of each day.
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The procrastination “doom loop”

Confront the things you’ve been putting off. If you keep putting things off, you'll feel guilty and that makes you want to avoid them even more. You will get stuck in the “doom loop” of anxiety and avoidance.
Break this loop by identifying the tasks that you’ve been avoiding, break them down into smaller tasks and schedule the next step for the following day.

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Spreading connection

70% of our happiness comes from your relationships with other people. And the social distancing situation has left some with zero people around them. 
So reach out. Extended time without social contact is bad: Send a text, make that phone/video call, anything you want to let people know you care and are thinking about them.

Spreading help

Ask people if they need anything.  There are people out there in need of a little more than well wishes right now. And when people see others helping, they’re more likely to help. 

Also, if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

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