It’s so easy to take things for granted. We almost seem built to do it – wired to see the danger over the delight. To spot the problem floating on a sea of stuff that’s working.
When this happens, all the enriching, joyful, sustaining things in your life – however fleeting they may be just now – get backgrounded. Lost.
Instead, your foreground is filled with the close-up perspective of the things that bring pain and difficulties. And you get to feel all the anxiety and worry attached to them.
Can you relate to that?
What would happen if you could reverse the flow for a moment? Move the foreground into the background, and the background forward? What if you could deliberately set the inspiring and rejuvenating stuff up front for a moment? Let your mind and body remember them, and feel the relief they bring?
Well, you can…
And one of the simplest ways to do it is to harness the power of gratitude.
Simply noticing the ‘good’ stuff in your life, and feeling deliberately thankful for them, underpins the whole movement of positive psychology.
It only takes a moment. And it brings profound results. For it reconnects you to the things you value in your life – the things that make it all worthwhile. It can fill you up, even at your emptiest moments.
So what might you have to be thankful for, especially at times when challenges seem all around you?
Countless ‘little’ things that might be easy to overlook.
What else might there be…?
They were everywhere.
Offerings of thanks and of hope.
And along with them went countless ceremonies and rituals giving thanks for things like food and the abundance of the land. Maybe we in the western world are just cottoning on to the richness of that. Of simply feeling thankful…
So this gratitude stuff can be given fancy names (like positive psychology). Or special techniques. But maybe it’s actually pretty simple.
Maybe it’s just about noticing the (often) forgotten details that make up our lives behind the scenes, and really celebrating them.
Truly living them with conscious intent rather than letting them slip away or be drowned out by the problems at hand (however large they might loom just now).
And not taking the ‘good’ for granted.
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