"Everybody is familiar with the feeling that things are not as they should be. That you are not successful enough, your relationships not satisfying enough. That you don’t have the things you crave. In the last two decades, researchers have been starting to investigate how we can counteract these impulses."
It turns out one of the easiest and most effective ways of actually altering your mood is to regularly practice gratitude. You may also know this as "counting your blessings". Basically, just write down some of the things you have, that you're grateful for.
Maybe you were lucky enough to get a PS5, or maybe you just had a really good cup of coffee. Perhaps you had a great talk with an old friend, or the sunset was particularly pretty, or you happen to have the best dog or cat in the whole wide world.
Whatever it is that you're grateful for, list them out! Let's spend a bit of time practicing gratitude together today.
Your prompts (optional):
- What happened this week?
- What happened that was good
- What can you be grateful for today?
- What is something you might normally take for granted, that would be sad if it was gone?
If you're interested in practicing gratitude on your own, more regularly, kurzgezagt has a fantastic journal that I highly recommend.
You can also see more about their journal and the research on the YouTube video they made about it: