Appreciation and pride are two feelings that create the purest happiness within us.
It takes about 10 minutes to complain or feel sorry for yourself (ok, maybe 20 minutes if your really on a role) but it only takes about 1 minute to find something to be appreciative of.
We all find ourselves bogged down with daily stresses and irritants and let's be honest, it's easy to fall into a deep pity pot pretty quickly.
Having trouble with a co-worker or supervisor?
Kids driving you crazy?
Your husband picked up the wrong things at the store?
Life's external circumstances don't have to ruin your whole day. The next time you feel irritated and stressed or your forehead starts to cringe, stop!
Instead of spreading the negativity by complaining about things that are beyond your control, take 1 minute to think of something you are grateful for. Do you have something or someone in your life that others may not have? I'm certain we all have quite a few things we take for granted that others may only dream of having.
Then take another minute to be proud of yourself for the way your taking control over your own internal peace and stress level.
Some days you may find that it's necessary to do this numerous times and other days, maybe only once or twice. Eventually it will become a habit and daily aggravations won't have the power they used to.
This process isn't meant to spur feelings of guilt or shame for getting irritated in the first place. This exercise is about reclaiming your power over your emotions and reactions so you can enjoy more moments of your life.
Happiness is a choice, choose wisely.