4 WAYS TO SHOW YOU’RE G.L.A.D. IN DIFFICULT TIMES
It starts with us. If we’re not able to see the blessings in our own lives it’s impossible to have an attitude of gratitude. By exercising your gratitude muscle regularly, it will become a habit that will pay big dividends. Research shows that being grateful has huge advantages to our mental health, physical health and relationships. It can lower blood pressure, prevent stress related diseases and brighten our outlook to whatever circumstances we face in this ever-changing life.
2. LISTEN TO YOURSELF & OTHERS
Would you consider yourself a good listener? I hear so many people talk over each other. They can’t wait until the other person takes a breath to jump in and tell their story. It’s frustrating when others don’t listen to us. We all want to be heard. When I listen to others and ask questions, they walk away saying it was great talking with you. The truth is they did most of the talking and I just listened and allowed them to reflect back on what they were saying.
Have you ever stopped to listen to the words that come out of your mouth? Are they encouraging to yourself and others? It may be surprising to hear all the standard negative clichés we use to fill our conversations. We can’t help but notice when we hear someone else who only sees the glass half full. Being around people who are encouraging and offer a grateful perspective are like a magnet to those in need of a good word. I want to be that person.
It’s been said that your attitude will determine your altitude. I like that word picture; it makes me think that I can soar above my problems and disappointments and look at the beauty around me that requires a difference perspective. If my attitude is bad then it’s reflected in my self-talk and conversations with others. Who needs that? I would rather be around someone who can find something positive in every situation. Being around them recalibrates my perspective and refreshes to my soul. What’s your perspective like?
Our actions are a result of the previously mentioned areas of our lives. It’s been said that actions speak louder than words. If so, what are your actions like toward those you hold dear? Are you showing your love in ways that your friends and family would know how much they mean to you?
I encourage you to reach out to three people who could use a word of encouragement. Let them know that you are grateful for them in your life and what they mean to you.
Get creative and leave an unexpected gift at a friend or family’s doorstep. In our current time of social distancing, do something fun and creative. Leave a hand written card, a bouquet of flowers, small plant, homemade soup or an encouraging poem on the porch.
If any of these G.L.A.D. areas sparked some things in your own life you’d like to talk about, jump on a complimentary call with me and we can enjoy a virtual coffee date. I look forward to meeting you, soon.