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To find gratitude in a sticky situation can be like finding a needle in a haystack. However, the simple knowing of gratitude’s power, is already a supportive process.

It is inevitable there will be testing and challenging times at different stages of our life. We might call these tough times, rough times, unfair or low times when stuff isn’t going right. In these moments we unconsciously believe it is impossible to be grateful. When we are in this space, it is easy for us to succumb to being low and alone, where we can easily quit things we love, quit relationships, or even quit on life itself. Of course, it is ALSO inevitable and guaranteed that we will have light in the dark. As long as there is dark, there is always light – bad with the good. Even if difficult, when there’s a will, there’s a way. We can work through the trials and tribulations. There are tools, techniques, and different ways to find the solution. There is always a way!

7 tips for finding gratitude…

  1. Appreciate good and bad. Balance is key. Appreciating our cards as they are dealt. The more appreciation, the larger our character and relationships will be impacted, the larger our shift.
  1. Life has many challenges, which can be relished for their learnings. So, when we win, be grateful for the victories. Mishaps or mistakes? Be grateful for the opportunities and learnings, as these support growth.
  1. Mindfulness. Take time, be at the beach or in the bush. It might be discovering a self-help group, beach walking group, event etc. Studies suggest mindfulness practised for eight weeks is key, leading to changed behavioural positions including positive thinking patterns and levels of happiness.
  1. Journal. Writing positive thoughts as a daily ritual creates and nurtures appreciation from deep within. It supports our soul.
  1. Volunteering. Become a positive-change agent in your local community, school, church or charity.
  1. Express yourself. Do a passion project you’ve always wanted to do. Time cannot be bought. Make sure you take time for the things you love.
  1. Smile in ‘appreciation and gratitude’. Being aware, feeling light and choosing to be happy are some things which help amplify powerful healing energy for ourselves and others around us.

These tools and tips are here to guide us, however, it’s up to us to do the work. There is no need to rush, you can slowly ease into it in the beginning with baby steps. Start by being grateful for everything we have and everything we are. When we do, others will see it and feel it – it is infectious. Our energy 100 per cent gives off the ‘ripple effect’ into our world.

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
~ Henry Van Dyke

Debbie Hogg

Debbie Hogg  

Debbie Hogg is one of Australia’s leading coaches PCC/APC, is an award winning Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, Speaker, Women’s Retreat Master, Writer, Podcaster, Adventurous Hiker and is The Self-Worth Coach. Debbie is passionate in helping women manage their ‘Inner & Outer’ balance. She is co-creator of Life Skills Programs, assisting parents teach children confidence and resilience. Debbie knows that when we give ourselves permission to fully show up in our life amazing serendipities occur! She is mum to two amazing teenager daughters // www.debbiehogg.com