Find Time for 3 Gratitudes Every Day

solitudeFinding time to energize yourself and open your heart with gratitude is one of the most powerful, grounding, and expansive gifts that you can give yourself.  To call something like the Attitude of Gratitude a “time management tool” doesn’t really do justice to the scope and depth of its effects.  But there is no denying its impact on our perceptions of time and on our abilities to approach time challenges with unfettered energy and creativity.

When you hit a point where your energy is flagging or the voice of your inner critic is starting to get loud and strident, pausing to reflect on things that you are thankful for can radically transform your experience.  I believe that this is because gratitude opens the heart and allows us to reconnect with the unfettered flow of our energy.  In Time Management Strategies – Revitalize Enthusiasm and Productivity Using the 3 Gratitudes Exercise I offer the following:

Cultivating the gift of gratitude is a powerful way to ground yourself and prepare yourself for any challenge. Gratitude enhances healthy humility that is based in self-respect. It also helps you assess your strengths and redirect your energy.

The three gratitudes exercise is an excellent way to enhance your appreciation of each moment, and practice the Attitude of Gratitude so that it becomes a more and more fundamental part of your approach to your moments.  The exercise is a simple one – just take a moment every night before sleep to jot down and reflect on at least three gratitudes that you are aware of for that day.

I find that this always opens my heart and has the added bonus of relaxing me toward sleep.  It is also an exercise that leaves me with a rich and constantly evolving list of gratitudes – something that can be very nourishing to reflect on in particularly tough times.

Do you take grateful pauses in the course of your day? Have you tried the three gratitudes exercise? I’d love to hear how you are doing – write a comment or drop me a line at paula@thetimefinder.com!

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Comments

  1. Jen Consalvo says:

    Thanks for this great article, Paula.

    I, too, have found the exercise (3-5 gratitudes per day) to be a life-changer. So much so that my partner and I built a site called Thankfulfor ) a free online gratitude journal where people can write what they are thankful for each day (privately or publicly). I would love for you to try it out and let us know what you think, and also consider writing a guest post on our blog: http://blog.thankfulfor.com.

    Cheers!
    Jen

  2. Thank you for the kind words, Jen – and for sharing the site and blog that you have created! I plan to visit and explore often, and hope that you will do the same!

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