Gratitude as a Counterbalance
While our continued exposure to our devices and their pervasive algorithms urges us to want more, gratitude reminds us to appreciate what we already possess. It's a purposeful act of recognising the goodness in our lives.
Spending 5-10 minutes each day contemplating what we are grateful for in life may seem like a token gesture against the tsunami of digital mind pollution that comes our way every single day. But, if we can begin to carve out a regular moment of calm and tranquillity in our lives, we can begin to turn the tide from the endless pursuit of the things we don’t have towards appreciation of the things we do.
Consider the feeling of emptiness that often follows a scroll through social media's endless feeds. Once you finally find the courage to put the phone down, it’s not long before the urge to pick it up again strikes. This is the hedonic treadmill.
Gratitude breaks this cycle by prompting us to pause and appreciate the richness of our current circumstances.
When we finally find the courage to step off the treadmill, we may find a new world. A world not defined by curated images, likes or filters, but the authentic beauty of our lived experiences created by the transformative lens of gratitude.
Spend a few minutes each day jotting down things you're grateful for. It could be as simple as a sunny day or as significant as a loved one's support.
Take a minute or two during the day to pause and appreciate your surroundings. Whether it's the warmth of the sun on your face or the aroma of your morning coffee, taking a moment to be present can cultivate gratitude.
Write thank-you notes or messages to people who've made a positive impact on your life. Not only does it make them feel appreciated, but it also reinforces your own feelings of gratitude.
Make it a habit to verbally express your thanks for small acts of kindness, whether it's a colleague holding the door for you or a friend listening to you vent. Acknowledging these moments can make both you and the other person feel good.