Most of the time I am a pretty positive person. I think, though, that we all have some moments where it is difficult to have a positive outlook on life. Maybe it’s a situation in your life that just frustrates you to no end. Maybe it’s a boss or co-worker that sucks the enjoyment right out of your workplace. Or for me, there’s just that one day of the month when I realize, usually too late, that I am not seeing the positive side of anything that day.
When I find myself in a negative frame of mind, I have a very simple trick that I use to turn things around. I call it the thankfulness trick. I force myself to stop what I’m doing and write down, usually in one of my journals, three things that I am thankful for.
That’s it. That’s the trick. But it is powerful. It works. Before I know it, I am praying a prayer of thanks for all the things, usually far more than three, that I have written down. My mind shifts from the negative things that were weighing me down, to positive things that lift me up. There’s far less mental space for negativity when you fill up your thoughts with thankfulness.
This trick has never failed to help me stop a pattern of negative thinking or turn a dark mood into a lighter one. I know I am an incredibly blessed person who lives in an incredibly blessed nation. Some of my so-called problems are even due to my many blessings. I have clutter because I have been blessed with an abundance of possessions. I carry some extra pounds because I have been blessed with more food than I reasonable ought to eat. I have too much work (during a time when many people can’t find enough work). My kids are too busy with activities that are helping them grow and learn about life. You see what I mean.
The thankfulness trick helps me remember the true state of my life. It turns my focus back onto God and His blessings in my life rather than on negativity. I encourage you to try it next time life seems to be getting you down. I think it will make all the difference.