Gratitude is good for us. We hear that almost as often as we hear *insert latest Ed Sheeran song here * on the radio. But with good reason, as gratitude has been shown to release feel good hormones, improve the quality of our life and be a win for manners (say thank you dear). So what are you grateful for and how do you develop an attitude of gratitude dear reader?

Thank you beloved bed: Gratitude is a wonderful way to start the day, almost as vital as my morning coffee (which I’m truly grateful for, to the point of worship). Louise Hay suggests thanking your bed for a good night’s sleep as soon as your alarm goes off. Melissa Ambrosini turns to her husband first thing (substitute cat here as needed) and they share 3 things they’re grateful for. This puts you in a happy frame of mind to start the day, gets you looking on the bright side and has the domino effect of you noticing more things to feel grateful for. It’s impossible to be simultaneously grateful and angry at the same time. So, forget your troubles, come on be happy.

Details Dammit: Once you’re in the zone of doing gratitude stuff daily, try getting deep with it. It’s easy to just list the same 3 things to be grateful for each day; ‘cat, job, blog’, ‘cat, job, blog’, ‘cat, job, blog’ …without really appreciating them. Marie Forleo suggests choosing 1 thing you’re grateful for and writing down 10 reasons why. I’m grateful for my cat because she keeps me company, teaches me about self-confidence, squints at me lovingly, keeps me active by wanting to come in inside/ go outside etc. This gets you thinking about why you’re grateful and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. The feelings are important because they change your vibration which means you attract more things to be grateful for. Another challenge that author Pam Grout suggests is writing down 3 different things you’re grateful for, for 30 days. This gets you being really specific and actively looking for different things in you life to feel grateful for.

Brag book: Most of us could so easily fill a burn book with things we don’t like about ourselves. She is the nastiest skank bitch I have ever met. Do not trust her, she is a fugly slut. Our brains are biased negatively so even if 9 people give us positive feedback and 1 gives us negative feedback, guess which 1 we replay again and again in our heads Ed Sheeran style as we try to get to get to sleep… the negative one of course! Every time someone gives you a compliment or you do something well or really enjoy something, write it down. We are much more likely to give others encouragement and compliments so treat yourself the way you treat others and be your own cheerleader. You can look through your brag book as needed to remind yourself of who you are and what you’re capable of. You go gal!

Thank you, you’ve been a great audience. Goodnight! As well as being a great way to start the day, gratitude is also a great way to end it. As you’re winding down, reflect on the day’s events and add any achievements, compliments and fun moments to your brag book and then do some gratitude stuff. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for or 1 thing and 10 reasons why. Look around the room and thank everything in sight. Louise Hay believed if we treated things with respect, eg: computers, they would work perfectly for us. Thank you bed, lamp, book, cat, earth, the universe, life, everything zzzzz.

 Love and light and I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life xxx Yvette

Mean girls burn book bit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sb0tELS8IE

For more goodness from these goddesses:

Louise Hay: https://www.louisehay.com/start-morning-routine-love/

Melissa Ambrosini: https://melissaambrosini.com/wealth/my-8-daily-non-negotiables-for-supercharged-productivity/

Marie Forleo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFqsUow-HvM

Pam Grout: http://www.colorsofgratitude.com/gratitude-speaks-thank-grow-rich-with-pam-grout/