Here’s a simple gratitude practice to help you work on seeing things from the positive side.
At the end of your day, sit with a pen and paper and write out all that you have to feel grateful for today. If you’re having trouble, use this helpful exercise to get you going.
Find the silver lining.
Did someone upset you today?
Find something positive about that. What might that be? Draw a comparison between that negative incident and one where someone was kind.? Did their negativity remind you how important it is to show kindness and compassion for others? That’s how you find the positives even in the face of a negative experience.
What problems did you face today?
What brought you down? Find the silver lining. Let’s say you spent hours waiting in line at the bank. What did you learn? Did you learn that it would have been better to show up later in the day when the bank wasn’t as busy? Next time you’ll do that. Learning valuable lessons are positives.
When today did you feel inept or like you didn’t know something?
What was it? Did you look it up? Did you ask people to help you? When all was said and done, were you able to fix the issue or learn something new? That’s a positive.
Even though you were caught up in negative emotions for a bit, you persevered. What will that teach you? Is it worth getting worked up or feeling really bad about yourself over a problem that everyone faces? Or can you arrive at a solution more swiftly and with the confidence that you can do the hard things?