I’m Roxanne Rhodes and I’m a psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist and coach with a private practice in Clowne, Derbyshire.
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This month I’m going to discuss something you might think is a bit ‘woo-woo’, but stay open-minded & stick with me! I’m going to talk about the power of gratitude as a tool for happiness.
Long-term studies show gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. Really!!
So even though it’s proven to have a heap of benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. Most of us have learned to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives which means we have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.
That’s why practising gratitude makes so much sense. When we practise appreciating what we’ve got, instead of complaining about what we lack, we get to see really how much we have to be grateful for. I’m definitely not suggesting a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in your life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s much more a matter of where we place our focus and attention. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.
There are heaps of things to be grateful for: the sunshine, legs that work, friends who make us laugh, long hot baths, cups of tea, cuddles from our kids, chocolate & prosecco (yes, together!!) What’s on your list?
And there are heaps of ways to practise gratitude. Why not keep a gratitude journal in which you list things you are thankful for? I try to write down three things I’m grateful for each night before I go to sleep. I also like to challenge myself to find the hidden ‘luck’ in a situation when I’m really annoyed about something. It’s almost always there if you look hard enough.
As you practise, an inner shift begins to occur. Give it a go for a week & let me know how you’re going! You can contact me here – I’ll always reply!
See you next month.
First printed in the Chesterfield 1st Magazine