How you think is one of the few things in life you can directly influence. How you feel is directly connected to what you focus on the most. You can believe a lie as easily as believing something that is true, especially when stressed.
Gratitude is the best way to focus your mind on truth. It’s easy to dream up bad things, but gratitude is grounded in reality.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
Each morning, I list 5 things from the day before of which I’m grateful. Then I write down 5 things during the day ahead I’m excited about. I call it my daily 5 & 5. It takes me about 5 minutes, and impacts my attitude significantly.
6 Reasons You Should Practice the Daily 5 & 5
1. Makes You a Critical Thinker (About Good Stuff)
Even if yesterday was horrible, you can find 5 things that went well. Gratitude is found in the seemingly insignificant aspects of life. Be grateful for things like “I got to know a co-worker better” or “my daughter practiced piano on her own”.
2. You’ll Be More Fun to Be Around
People can avoid me because of my bad attitude. I don’t blame them for not wanting to be around a negative person. Whatever you focus on the most, you amplify.
3. Helps You Find Ways to Encourage Others
As you list your 5 & 5, you will reflect upon what you appreciate, admire, and are thankful for about the people in your life. You will start to see the best in people and naturally encourage others.
4. Keeps Fear From Taking Over
Knowing I have to do something unpleasant later in the day can steal my joy. Overpower the dread with excitement. There are interesting people, things to learn, and activities to enjoy you’re taking for granted.
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” – Benjamin Disraeli (Former British Prime Minister)
5. Your Entries Can Encourage You For Years
I sometimes look at my 5 & 5’s from years ago and they encourage me. They remind me of the many good things in my life and the fun adventures yet to come.
6. Overall Stress Level Will Decrease
Stress is a major contributing factor in the majority of mental physical health issues. The main cause of stress is an unhelpful and negative perspective. Change you perspective!
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ―
7. Increased Creativity
Fear and negativity creates narrow minded tunnel vision. Focusing on the good things in your life broadens your perspective.
The daily 5 & 5 isn’t easy. Developing a good habit is always hard. Try it for even a week, and you will start to feel the benefits.
Question: What happened yesterday that you’re grateful for? What are you excited about later today?