A few weeks ago I set myself the challenge of posting something on social media every day that I was grateful for. The results didn't surprise me too much, but it was a great way to look for the positives each day! Finding things to be grateful for is a sure-fire way to turn your emotions around, by looking at the world through positive eyes.
As the year comes to a close I often look back and reflect on the past 12 months. What were the highlights? What did I achieve that I set out to? What awesome, unexpected things happened? What do I want for next year? I'm a firm believer in setting goals, but I also think it's important to recognise what you have right now.
During our last Youth Yoga teacher training we went through a number of 'gratitude' exercises to use with young people, although they are great for any age! Why not pick one and give it a go... I'm pretty sure you will feel more positive.
#DailyGratitude - If you like taking photos and using social media, why not set yourself a challenge. Whether you choose to post for a week or a month, see if you can find one thing each day that you are grateful for and post a photo of it. This is a lovely way to visually track your gratitude.
Gratitude jar - Find a jar that you like, you can even decorate it. Each day write down one thing (or more) that you are grateful for and pop it in the jar. At the end of the week/month take them all out and read through them.
Gratitude diary - If you like writing, why not keep a diary so that you can write down everything you are grateful for each day. You can go into more depth with this than just writing down a word.
10 finger gratitude - count the things you are grateful for on your fingers. You can do this whenever you feel a bit over whelmed, or just not so positive.
Our minds tend to go where our thoughts go. This works both ways - positive and negative - and gratitude is a simple habit-hack that can create more positivity, contentment and happiness. In the lead up to Christmas, as we are bombarded with all the things we are told we need or want, why not take our 12 day (or any length of time!!) gratitude challenge and remind yourselves of all the things you already have. Share your gratitude on social media and tag #liveloveyoga so we can see what makes you all happy too!