I’m sure that many of you can relate to what I allow to happen all too often: you have something negative that happens throughout your day, and you allow it to bring you down and steal your joy.
If you are anything like me, you go to bed dwelling on that negative thing, which in turn leads to a sleepless night because you just can’t put it out of your mind.
If we allow it, negative thoughts can send us in a downward spiral that may open the door to those poor lifestyle choices we used to entertain, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to go back there!
Nick and I attended a seminar a few weekends ago and one of the speakers talked about how, nightly, he asks his daughter the following 4 questions:
- What did you do that was good today?
- What did someone do that was good to you?
- What did you learn?
- What are you grateful for?
He writes this in a “grateful log” nightly. Doing this simple activity every night clears your mind and lowers cortisol for a better night’s rest. For children, it leaves a positive outlook on life reinforcing that they deserve good things, which will set them up for success.
If we are mindful of being grateful, focusing on the positive and being a blessing to others, it makes it that much more difficult for anything or anyone else to steal your joy. Give it a try!