Do you practice gratitude? Did you know that gratitude is good for the immune system?
Are you feeling more hungry and more tired than usual? Perhaps the winter cold and dark is getting you down? If so, you can improve your mood and help your immune system through these tips to Gratitude Up:
1. Make gratitude lists on colorful pieces of paper. Write down every little thing you can think of. These can be big things like mountains and sunsets or very small things like cups of coffee and glowing candles. These things can include people, places, objects, and also unseen spiritual forces, like God or love of nature. Place these colorful lists where you will see them often, such as in your kitchen, bathroom, and car.
2. Pick a color and intend that every time you see that color you will think to yourself, “Gratitude Up” and then quickly think of at least three things you feel grateful for. For example, let’s say you picked the color red. As you go about your day, when you see a stop sign or some red flowers, think “Gratitude Up” and feel gratitude for at least three things.
3. In bed each night, remember at least three things from that day that you feel grateful for, and then pick a color and imagine those three things glowing in that color. If you are feeling some depression, imagining those items glowing in a bright golden yellow shade, like sunlight, can help you to happy up.
You may have noticed a theme here with the use of colors in these tips. That is because colors bring joy. Check out this uplifting and inspiring video about the joy of colors here: “How to Fill Your Life with Joy” with Ingrid Fetell Lee. (This is an excerpt from her longer TED Talk, “Where Joy Hides and How to Find It”)
I hope these tips help you to spark more joy in your life.
May you Gratitude Up and Happy Up!
May All Beings Be Happy!