We say thank you just about everyday in one way or another. Most of the time its on autopilot while we are just getting through the day. Thanks for holding the door open, giving me a heads up before something big happens, or for completing something that saved me time in my day. Generally, we say thank you to other people to make them feel better for doing something for us. But how many times a day do you say ‘thank you’ for everything you have in life?
I start my days with two things everyday to put me in a good mood. Motivational speeches, and a list of things I am thankful for. Every morning I open up my ‘daily gratefulness’ journal, and start listing what I am thankful for. I keep my list over three items all the times, and if I am having a bad day it might take me a while to write these out. But I make sure to do it, and take the time to FEEL what I am writing. To truly welcome the warmth that saying ‘thank you’ gives me.
It is really hard to stay upset when you are forcing your brain to think about what makes you happy. I do not list the same things every day. Though some do come more frequently than others. But I try to keep myself aware of when something good happens, and make sure I take out the time during the day to focus on why I am thankful. If there is just one thing I could tell you to do to re-train your brain for happiness it is to say ‘thank you’!! So take sometime today to pause in whatever you are doing and remember to feel thankful for what you have!