“365 days of gratitude” for joyful life

A few minutes each day for taking a picture to capture special moments, enriched with just a few words to record the tiny things to be grateful for each day. Training mindfulness and keeping a gratitude journal.

Gratitude and focus on the positive

“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. In between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and full of routine.” L.R. Knost pointed it right in this first part of his quote.

We all know the ups and downs in the speed and rush of our duties. It seems that most of us forgot how to navigate these waves in life. Seeing people who struggle reminds us that we have forgotten to appreciate the positives in life. Focusing on the positives seems too huge of a challenge when suffering from a disease, being distracted with stress at work and worries about our loved ones.

There is a worryingly increasing number of people suffering from mental health issues who need to look for outside help from friends and professionals. The hidden truth of the positives is that it lies in oneself. Who can make us happier, more grateful or more humble? The only person in life one can change is your own self. Starting to find your inner positive voice sounds impossible, when you just get pushed forward by your worries and fears. So hard our life might seem, so big the challenge in front of us, there are sparkling tiny moments in our lives who make us smile, to be proud or to feel grateful.

Project “365 days of gratitude” – importance of journaling

The magic is that we just need a few minutes to reflect what this moment was today, and then capture it to make it last forever. We need routine for reflection and we need daily practice on gratitude. It can never be a one off task like taking a pill and hope for things getting better. We should not mix it up with artificial social media life where people share and want to show off to others how great life is. We all know there are challenging times that nobody shares.

If you are curious about the power of focus on gratitude this TED talk “365 grateful project“ will tell you a heartwarming story, starting so ordinary with a struggle of a woman called Hailey Bartholomew. It’s all about her emotions of tiny moments she wants her future self to remember and be grateful for. When she started to focus on the tiny moments each day, her mind, her health and her life changed for better.

Even how hard and big the struggles might have seemed, she started to care for herself and capture positive, sparkling and inspiring moments. Her senses needed to get ready to appreciate these moments. She needed daily practice on feeling grateful. What helped her was very simple: a few minutes each day for taking a picture to capture special moments, enriched with just a few words to record the tiny things to be grateful for each day.

Art of living

And with the second part of his quote L.R. Knost teaches us. “Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”

Life and time are the two best teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of time and time teaches us the value of life. Go capture and record your special moments when you want to see the beauty in your own life.

What should we remember?

“Years from now, after this event is long over, what should we remember about it? A week from now, when the crisis hits, what should we remember about this meeting? Tomorrow, when the day gets busy, what would you like me to remember about the discussion we just had? Begin with the end in mind.” Seth Godin 

We all have to give up our usual routine and adapt to new habits during the Corona Lockdown. Certain things were easy for us, others a little more difficult. How it feels to be inaccessible to the world for a while, let your thoughts wander and sort them. Conclusion: There is also something good about doing without from time to time, even if it’s not that easy. Then again to appreciate what is really important to you.

We need to practice gratitude every day. Start your own project with DAYCATCHER Digital Diary.

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