Do you ever feel overwhelmed by life? By bills, deadlines, and big decisions? I know the feeling. But what if I told you that I want you to be overwhelmed—because it will totally change your life?
I want you to feel overwhelmed by gratitude, like a wave crashing over you as you realize all reasons you have to be thankful. The force of the wave expels all your stress and negativity, and you are left enveloped by feelings of joy, warmth, and wonder.
Don’t just take my word for it. Dr. Robert Emmons, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology, shows through his research that people can be consistently more happy by practicing gratitude. Vulnerability and shame researcher Brené Brown’s work has also proven that gratitude brings joy, a finding that has transformed her family. Listen to her story in this video:
Give being consciously thankful a try. It doesn’t take long, and it’s free. I recommend the Five Minute Journal, which helps you evaluate your days and boost your self-worth. Think about someone for whom you are thankful and write him or her a letter expressing that. While sharing a meal with family or friends, take turns saying what you are thankful for.
Practicing gratitude has made me so joyful that some days I feel as if I am glowing or that the joy might burst out of me like air from a balloon. Ladies, I want you to feel that way too; I want you to feel overwhelmed with gratitude.