Heart Hacks

A “Heart Hack” is a tip or trick used to create an intentional and fulfilling life that you are excited to live.  Here you will find a featured “Heart Hack” of the week!

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Heart Hack # ONE: Choose to Live with Gratitude

It is easy to get all tangled up in the challenges that are growing and stretching you. When stress, pain, and/or disappointment are hot and heavy the fog of despair is so thick that our blessings become unrecognizable.  But, if you pause for one moment and make a conscious effort to reposition your thoughts, I am certain that you can find one thing (possibly more) to feel grateful for.  Like with most things that have the potential to fundamentally change your life, it takes a little practice. 

There are a ton of strategies that you can use to inject some gratitude into your life. This year I decided I wanted to try keeping a gratitude jar.  I don’t have a jar cute enough to serve this purpose (yet), but I do have this slightly worn Ziploc bag that I carry around in my purse.

a portable gratitude practice

When the moment strikes me, I write down something that makes me feel appreciative: it could be big, it could be small. The goal is to add something to it each day.  I make sure that it is always stocked with a pen and a sticky pad, but I will write on anything that is available to me (ticket stubs, receipts, meeting agendas, napkins, etc.). I actually get a kick out of finding something different to use or repurposing something I was going to toss in the trash. At the end of the year, I will have these little pieces of proof that life was pretty good to me.

Regardless of whether you try this strategy, I encourage you to implement a practice of gratitude in your life.  It could be something as simple as making a commitment to state one thing you are grateful for after every rant you have about how you despise your job.  For some, this will force you to be grateful multiple times before your 10:00 a.m. coffee break.

The point is that you can choose your thoughts and where you place your energy.  So make a choice to notice the small things that bring you joy or the people who are always there for you that maybe you take for granted.  You can choose to live a life filled with gratitude.