I won’t lie, lately, I’ve been grumpy.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been feeling this way. We are, after all, encroaching on year three of the pandemic, climate change is causing widespread chaos across Australia, and we are being bombarded daily with the devastation and brutality of what is happening in the Ukraine. It’s no wonder that we’re all starting to feel a little, well, concerned.
And, if you’re me, grumpy.
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But it reaches a tipping point, this constant living under a thundercloud. Mine was coffee. Or to be more specific, mine was not coffee, because the issue was a lack of it at my office. My response?
“Oh my god, everything absolutely SUCKS!”
And then, a realisation – I was getting disproportionally upset about coffee (of all things) because I was already accumulating a list of things to feel bad about in my mind, and the coffee fiasco had flipped me over the edge.
I decided I needed to do something.
I’m not really a self-care, self-help book kind of person. But I wanted something that would force me to look at my own life through a different lens, that would make me stop and appreciate the good, instead of focusing on the bad.
Enter my $12 Kmart Gratitude Journal.
It was low stakes: write three things every night that you were grateful for that day. It seemed an excellent way to snap me out of my self-centred, grumpy mood and into a better appreciation for what I had.