Early last week I was chatting with a long lost dear friend of mine. There used to be a time we knew exactly what the other was upto at any given point in a moment. Last week, we caught up after over a year or so.
We talked about almost everything under the sun – as much as we could.
Among other conversations, I expressed to her how lately I’ve just been feeling so disconnected with everything in life (I’m not getting into the reasons here).
To that she suggested trying out in maintaining a public journal/blog wherein, at the end of each day, I list out 5 things I’ve been greatful for each day.
I took up on her suggestion and created this: http://devesh.net/gratitudejournal :)
So far there have been 4 posts – since the last 4 days it’s been active.
I must say this is truly helpful! No matter how your day has been – just the simple act of actually spending a few minutes at the end of each day and wading through your thoughts, to pick up the postives, if nothing, most definitely helps you sleep better!
And as easy as you think it is, it’s not! It took me good 25 minutes or so to write my first 5 points – just made me realise that how much we tend to focus on the negatives rather than even appreciating really simple positives.
I challenge you to try it out yourself. You don’t have to create a blog or write about it anywhere (however if you choose to, believe me it’s way better) – simply, as you put your head down on your pillow, list out 5 things in the day you are thankful for :)
You’ll have moments when something negative linked to a good thing will flow out – simply acknowledge it and say to yourself that this exercise is not to focus on the negatives – and steer your mind to search for a positive.
As I mentioned above – if for nothing else, it’ll definately help you sleep better ;)
Don’t forget to drop a line with your experience if you do decide to do it ;)