Appreciation and gratitude are strategies that really can help in hard times.
Funny thing about appreciation. Appreciation can uplift the spirit, can inspire and can help us achieve things we didn’t think we could.
Let’s start with being an early riser. Now, I realize that might not seem to have anything to do with appreciation or gratitude, but stay with me here.
As an early riser, you appreciate the quiet of the morning and embrace your connectedness to all of nature around you as it wakes up.
As an early riser, you have time to reflect on those things you are thankful for, and as the day starts your gratitude brings optimism.
Having appreciation and gratitude gives you the confidence and willingness to take chances. Studies show that early risers often have characteristics like optimism, stability and conscientiousness.
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In hard times, a good strategy is to be highly engaged and wanting to get things done. Early risers seems to have an advantage here. At the end of the day, you’ll be grateful for all of your productivity.
In hard times, our emotions take a beating
Thoughts can shape our emotions, and our emotions can shape our actions. We can inject some appreciation and gratitude into our thoughts which in turn, can be a great strategy to control our feelings. This strategy also gives us the boost of positivity that we’re looking for.
Instead focus on…
…those things you appreciate, your family, friends, pets, activities, etc. and make a list.
Choose one or two things from your list The morning is a great time to focus on this.
Wrap your thoughts…
…around those things from your list that you have chosen to focus on for the day with appreciation and gratitude.
This process of being full of appreciation and gratitude soothes our turbulent mind and helps us realize how much those things really mean to us.
It’s quick and easy, and you’ll see stress melt away with an emotional balance and calm taking its place in no time.