Having a daily practice of gratitude can really lift your happiness levels because it gets you focused on the good things in your life.
We can become so stressed and focused on what 'has to be done', our arm-long To Do lists and the needs of those around us that life simply passes by without us ever taking the time to smell the roses.
A really simple way to start a gratitude practice is to write down three things you're grateful for each night before you go to sleep. This also gets you thinking about positive and loving things before you try to sleep - much better than tossing and turning or having mental arguments with a work college!
Some people find the term 'grateful' difficult at first. If you do, try thinking of things you are thankful for or even things you love. Remember to be really specific and try to find 3 different things each evening.
So, let's imagine you're working on your confidence because you got bucked off your horse. In today's session your horse may not have been perfect but perhaps he lowered his head to be bridled or tied up perfectly - write that down. We often miss these small things.
When I first started doing this, I worried that I wouldn't be able to find enough things to write down and discovered I was pretty much going through my day thinking about it - wow, what a difference that made to my happiness! Amazing!
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