Practicing gratitude is strange.
Part of its weirdness comes from how powerful it is. Go to your search engine of choice, punch in “stories about gratitude” and you’ll read how this simple attitude changes lives.
As of this writing, the top result is a Forbes article by Omaid Homayun, talking about how it saved him after his father’s unexpected passing.
Everyone has heard how life-changing it is.
And anyone can do it. You don’t even need to write anything down. And it doesn’t take much time – thinking of three things you’re grateful for as I fall asleep often helps me sleep faster, so it saves time.
It’s easy enough anyone can do it for a month.
So why doesn’t everyone try it?
And how come there are so many folk who try it, find it works amazingly, then stop?
Sure, sure. There are obvious exceptions. Some folk stick with it for life. I’m not making a universal claim here – simply making an observation. And that observation is, despite gratitude providing quick and reliable bliss, and taking no time or energy, it has a failure rate comparable to a new exercise regime.
If you’re anything like me, that should make you curious.
It doesn’t seem to make sense.
Don’t folk like bliss?
If it’s not the time and energy requirements, what stops them from practicing gratitude?
Is this the real cause of New Year’s Resolutions falling apart, and we blame a lack of time for our novels and gym memberships languishing?
I’d say so, yeah.
Because here’s a big part of why every resolution falls apart.
Maybe this isn’t the only explanation, but it sure is a key one:
Going to the gym, practising gratitude or anything else you want to do – these all involve change.
That’s the real kicker. Change is hard. It’s not how difficult the new reality is, simply how different it is. Case in point: gym junkies find it easier to go to the gym than not to.
What am I saying?
Is change impossible, then?
Hardly – you change every day.
It’s just that change is hard when you do it consciously.
And so easy you don’t notice it when it’s unconscious.
How do you deliberately change unconsciously? Isn’t that a contradiction?
Nah – it just takes a different approach.
That’s why self-hypnosis, meditation and other deep mental training methods are so popular. They get your conscious intention and your unconscious power in the same room and get them talking.
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