Paying Attention to Gratitude

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” - Brene Brown 

In The Power of Gratitude episode of Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast, Pete and I have a wonderful conversation around how practicing gratitude can change our lives for the better. If you want to have a happier life, be a better parent, friend, or spouse, practice gratitude. It can have that much of an influence on your life! 

Most people think of a gratitude journal when they think of ways to actually practice gratitude and a journal can be a great idea. I know of many people who say it has changed their lives, but I also have heard people say, it’s just one more thing I feel like I should do. Put the “should” word in there and all of the sudden something that is suppose to be helpful feels like a chore. 

So this got to me thinking about other ways can practice gratitude. I mentioned in the podcast if we want our children to be grateful, they need to witness gratitude from us, their parents. I believe we have to be more aware of what we say, how we say it, and what we put into action.

I know I am very guilty of taking for granted when my kids do something and assume they should just be doing it. But when you add a "thank you," it really can make a difference and make it a habit. You may notice them thanking you more often when you least expect it. This happens in my family when my kids thank me for making them dinner. To me it’s expected, but it is always nice to hear them say "thank you," just as much as they probably appreciate me thanking them for feeding the cat or taking the garbage out. 

Gratitude is a mindset, it’s our perspective on how we see the world. You don’t have to write down all of the things you are grateful for, just by noticing them in the first place, can make a difference. And it's not just the good stuff. For example, being able to look at an uncomfortable situation, and instead of wallowing in guilt or shame, you walk away with a lesson learned and insight is also something to be grateful for.

One of the life changing aspects around gratefulness is how it allows you to move forward. You no longer get stuck in that stagnant place of anxiety and stress and can pay attention to the good. This allows you to feel more confident about the future, something to be grateful for. 

One last note, I want to say how grateful I am every day to do the work I do for my clients, readers, and listeners of my podcast. Thank you for visiting my site today and taking the time to read this post. Thank you for listening to the podcast. Your positive feedback keeps Pete and I motivated. Last, but not least, thank you to all my wonderful clients who have shared and trusted their lives with me. I am truly honored to be a part of this journey with you! 

Until Next Time...

Nikki