Monday, November 25, 2013
What Do You Want Others To Thank You For?
12:49 pm cst
This is the time of year in the US when we talk and
think about gratitude. And indeed, gratitude is being touted far and wide these days as an important practice for our own
personal health as well as a once a year holiday practice. Many studies bear out the value of keeping a gratitude log, and
using gratitude to quickly shift a negative mood.
There are lots of ways to "do" gratitude. This weekend
I found this fun site, Gratitude Log, a creation of Mindvalley's Vishen Lakhiani. Anyone can join in the gratitude
fest. My favorite technique is good old-fashioned pen and paper. Or keep a log on your smartphone.
if you're also serious about personal change, here's a different exercise about gratitude that not only boosts your mood
but can help you define what you want to be.
It's very simple. Imagine that people are going to write you a thank
you note for something, or list something you did on their own gratitude log.
What do you want them to thank
It might be a character trait that you admire and want to have--or want to have more of. It might
be a specific thing that you'd like to be known for. It might be a facet of yourself that you feel is sometimes overlooked.
There are two ways to do this.
1. The short way. Simply write down the positive things about yourself
you'd like to have more of, imagining that another person has noticed and appreciated this about you.
2. The long(ish)
way. Write a letter to yourself, either from yourself or from another person. Make it a lavish, appreciative thank you
note about the things that you, or the pretend author of the note, most admire and have most benefited from.
Let yourself be imaginative; don't self-edit, or hesitate to list something that's important to you because you might think
it sounds unrealistic.
Focus on feeling fully appreciative about what you're writing.
this selfish or indulgent? No. This is a creative step to set intention in yourself for the positive things
that you'd like to spread far and wide to others.
Once you're written your note or your list, now what?
Well, you could...you know...tap on it. : )
I'm grateful to you for letting me share your commitment to creating
your best life.
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