Gratitude, Made Simple
'Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible.' - Rumi - Poet, Scholar.
The invisible world is inside of you, and it’s where lasting happiness resides.
'One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depression, anxiety and substance use disorder.' - Black Dog Institute
The rise of these mental health conditions across Australia and the world impacts our ability to be fully present and productive in our working day.
Over the past decade many studies have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed. Something that has worked incredibly well for me is the daily practise of gratitude. Stay with me ;)
I'm all about keeping things simple and doing them consistently.
Below is a description of a really simple but effective gratitude process that I do first thing in the morning:
Upon waking I take a deep breath in through my nose and out my mouth.
I then spread my hands and silently count, on each finger, something that I'm grateful for in that moment. I keep it super simple, and I try not to overthink them. It can take you as little as 30 seconds to a minute!
Some examples are:
My dogs, my boyfriend, the sun, my bed, my two legs, the air I breathe, my family, chocolate... you get the idea :)
Benefits of a Gratitude Practise
Feeling more connected to yourself and others
Stronger immune system
Improved emotional stability - generally happier
Gratitude Can Help Boost Your Career!
Gratitude makes you a more effective manager, helps you network, increases your decision-making capabilities, increases your productivity, and helps you get mentors and proteges.
As a result, gratitude helps you achieve your career goals, as well as making your workplace a more friendly and enjoyable place to be.
Gratitude has been shown in multiple studies to make people kinder and more friendly, and that because of that, grateful people have more social capital. Grateful people are more likely to receive help from others for no reason other than that they are liked and appreciated.
I encourage you to give it a go, there's no time like now!
Happy, Productive People :)