Well, I’ve been diligently thanking God for three things a day… and it’s good. I’m noticing extra moments, what I might call ‘yellow shiny happy moments’, in my life.
Apparently there is science behind all of this. The Guardian Weekend magazine this week (3-3-07) had an article by Oliver Burkeman decrying ‘the hedonic treadmill’. And also
‘people who keep regular ‘gratitude journals’ report fewer physical symptoms, more alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy, more sleep, more exercise and more progress towards personal goals.’
Wow! If only they could guarantee excellent sex lives and perpetual good hair days…
ACTION CHALLENGE: Give it a go. Try a gratitude journal for a week or two. Or for Lent. Or longer. And note any changes.