The One-Minute Gratitude Exercise
Do you want to be happier? Experience less stress? Abolish depression? Here’s a one-minute practice that will change your life. On your way to work (school, grocery store) think of three things that you’re grateful for. It can be anything–your child’s laughter, clean socks, dinner with a friend or anything that makes you feel happy or content. Think about it.
When you arrive at work, jot down these three things on a sticky note. Say them aloud to a friend, relative, co-worker, or spouse. This is important. If you have no one to talk to, say them aloud in your car before you leave your car.
Put the sticky note in a place where you’ll see it periodically throughout the day. When you leave, put the note on your dashboard so that you’ll see it all the way home. At that point you can either save it or toss it.
The next day pick three more things that you’re grateful for and repeat the exercise. Watch how your heart opens up and your negativity vanishes. Magic!