I read something that got the gears turning the other day:
Take a group of smart, driven people who invest in their own success and happiness. I’m talking about folk who go on meditation retreats, exercise regularly, and never stop learning and experimenting.
Ask this group about gratitude journaling.
Some – certainly not all, but many – will say something like this:
“Yeah, I read a study about that years ago, so I gave it a go. That week was the most amazing of my life. Huh? Do I still do it? No way.”
1) These people are lying. They didn’t try any gratitude practice but it’s trendy to say they did.
2) They don’t care about their own happiness.
3) Gratitude practice is expensive, difficult and/or time-consuming.
4) It feels kinda strange or goofy to do.
I can’t rule out #1, though that would be a surprise.
#2 and #3 are wrong. Gratitude can take a couple of minutes of daydreaming each day. If you want to journal, a pen and paper, or a computer, will do.
As for #4…
Yeah, that sounds about right.
Gratitude practice feels weird. It sounds like some lame, New Age, empty practice. Even when you do it and feel the impact, it’s hard to shake that sense of weirdness.
If it’s hard to admit you do something to other people, it can be hard to admit it to yourself.
Which leads to you stopping.
(That was kind of my experience. I only got back into the practice recently, even though it’s saved my sanity more than once.)
Now, I might be wrong on this. Maybe people dabble in it and stop for other reasons.
Either way, here’s something that’ll get you back into it.
And it’s even weirder and more effective than gratitude journaling.
It involves listening to a hypnotic audio on the subject, which you can find right here: