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Give Yourself a Lift With Gratitude

Candle HolderAlso known as a Rampage of Appreciation, beginning your day with 10 minutes of non-stop appreciation for what is in your life right now gets you off to a great start of your day.  The trick is to elevate your mood, then do your thinking or talking.  If you look to something outside of yourself to pick you up, you are not doing an inspired act.  First come the good thoughts, then comes inspiration to take you through a more enjoyable day.  If you run through what you love in your head while feeling your enjoyment of those things, you center yourself into a good feeling place.  An example might be thinking about how warm and cozy the bed is in the morning and taking time to just feel the enjoyment of being warm and cozy.  Writing a list of things that make you smile and keeping it with you throughout the day is a way to provide yourself with a handy pick me up tool you can turn to whenever your mood is dropping.  It’s okay to feel in a positive mood when you are surrounded by others who are down.  It takes a sense of confidence in yourself to not conform to the moods and attitudes of others around you, but you are worth it.

I believe the concept of looking after oneself despite others’ current mindset is one of the hardest things for people to do.  It is human nature to care about others and have empathy for them, but others benefit more from your uplifting mood than from you matching a negative mood.  Keeping yourself centered in the midst of chaos is a daunting task.  Believe in yourself.  You cannot expect anyone else to believe in you until you believe in yourself.  People will flock to those who radiate positivity and benefit from that positivity more than empathy.  Just as you can start a crowd laughing by laughing yourself, a positive mood can be infectious.  Make a habit of appreciation by practicing daily – it will be a tool that integrates seamlessly into your life.

There are many iPhone/iPad app tools that enable you to make lists and track progress.  They range from calendar apps to list apps.  Some examples are the Day One Calendar App, TapList and the default Notes and Reminder Apps that come with the phone.  A future post will cover some apps in more detail that enable you to more easily consciously manage your mood and thoughts.



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