As the pace of life seems to always be accelerating and stress levels rise, I find it’s the simplest things that can make the most impact in our lives.
A basic “three good things” exercise either done first thing in the morning or at the end of the day really helps to reduce stress and promote much needed gratitude in our lives. I have come across several different variations of this exercise but basically they all have one thing in common – put your gratitude in writing.
I use a journaling app called Day One on my phone and jot down a quick description of something that I am grateful for that day. Some recommend writing out a more detailed description and explain why things had gone well, but for me I find just the habit of stopping to think about and write it down is enough to decrease my stress level.
The great thing about this practice is that is starts to spill over in the rest of your day and you will catch yourself being grateful for and noticing the good things in real time. The advantage to using the mobile app is that anytime during the day you can immediately snap a pic and will start to build a photo album of good things in your life. And if you ever need a quick pick-me-up it is wonderful to scroll through previous entries and be reminded of all the great things in your life as it is so easy to fall into the trap of always focusing on problems and the negative and forgetting about the good stuff.
I challenge you and your team to give it a try for 30 days and I promise you will see a difference in both your work and personal life.