When I first graduated college I got a part time job at a small Catholic school as a music teacher. I immediately introduced the “Caught Being Good” list in my classroom. I had a sign on my wall and underneath the sign were pieces of colorful paper with the names of each child that I caught doing something nice for another student or just working extra hard. The kids loved getting on the list! I adored the fact that I was highlighting something positive for the short time the students spent in my classroom.
I love a good list! It’s very helpful when you need a moment to be reflective. A list allows you to go back and focus on something that maybe you have taken for granted. Much like a grocery list, it also deters you from forgetting something! I have started my own list for 2013. It’s a gratitude list.
Definition: Gratitude (noun) græ tə tood 1. Thanks; a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something. 2. The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Nothing can make someone feel more optimistic than looking at a long list of all the fantastic things in your life. I recommend taking the most stressful part of your life and finding 10 things you can be grateful for in it! If you are having a bad day at work, list a few things that you really like about your job. If your family is driving you nuts, make a list of a few things that that you adore about them. A taxing situation has you down? Make a list of all the great outcomes you anticipate.
I’m telling you….gratitude is good for the soul! Last week I listed out loud a bunch of things I was happy to be a part of at work and it changed my entire day. Not only was I not bothered by things that would usually make me nuts but I was genuinely happy, more productive and left my office feeling extraordinary. Just reminding myself of basic things like; “I am grateful for a good salary” or “I’m so happy to have a short commute” or “I have health insurance!” kept my focus on the positive.
Make a list today. Feel free to post on the facebook page or in the comment section below how it goes. I would love to hear how it changed your day for the better!
“Give thanks in everything. For this is the will of God in Christ for you.” 1 Thess. 5:18