Boost your mood with a moment of gratitude

My To-Do list is long these days: final edit of my first novel, cover design, figuring out how to independent publish, home, and family, etc.

I have a lot going on. It seems like a lot of people do.

How are you? Oh, busy, busy.

There’s so much to do, so much to learn. We keep our heads down and keep working and pushing forward. And there’s always more to do. Sometimes it’s too much.

We feel beat down and done. Overwhelmed, frustrated, and exhausted by our busyness.

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But wait! There’s a magic fix for that state of overwhelm (you may already know this).

It’s gratitude.

A moment of gratitude works like magic to boost your mood from overwhelmed to grateful. Try it.

Take a moment.

  1. Stop.
  2. Be quiet.
  3. Think about what you have, from people to the necessities like food and shelter and time.
  4. Take a moment of heartfelt, sincere, focused gratitude for what’s right in front of you and in your heart.
  5. Repeat as necessary.

Mood booster

A moment of gratitude boosts my mood and helps me feel like everything’s going to be okay.

What’s not okay is being so wrapped up in my busyness that I take my blessings for granted.¬†Gratitude helps me build a bridge and get over myself. And it reminds me: Life is fragile. Nothing is guaranteed.

Yeah, gratitude is awesome. And humbling.

I know this, but sometimes I forget. Maybe you do too.

I hope you benefit from the reminder.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer

For more about gratitude, check out: Make every day better with an attitude of gratitude