Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
Making adjustments and changes in habit are important parts of growth. Changing sometimes happens because we feel at the bottom of the barrel. We feel like garbage. We feel things couldn’t get any worse. And at these moments, we decide to make changes. Other times, there are tragedies and the call to action is written in the impending death of us all. What legacy will we leave? Is this all there is?
And after a little bit of reading from people much smarter than ourselves, the idea of a gratitude journal seems like a start. Gratitude and sadness are not able to be occurring simultaneously. And if only for a moment, we are relieved from our temporary black hole. Add in conscious belly breathing and we’ve got two solid techniques to improve our lives right away.
The principle gives precedence to simplicity: of two competing theories, the simpler explanation of an entity is to be preferred. The principle is also expressed as “Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity.
It’s not the wildly tremendous changes in our lives that offer the most impact. It’s the simple ones. Like writing in a gratitude journal. And breathing. Don’t forget to breathe. It’s kind of important.