Mindful moment… Ten fingers of gratitude
Being grateful for what you have is a huge mood booster which is why some psychologists recommend keeping a gratitude journal, to write each day about what is good in your life. Once we start to actively look, we see that we have so much to be thankful and grateful for, they say.
This weekend, in a brilliant book called Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, I found another gratitude exercise, called 'The 10-finger gratitude exercise'. To do the exercise, once a day bring to mind 10 things which you are grateful for, counting them on your fingers. It is important to get to 10 things, even if you have to think about it.
You don't have to have a big day full of surprises or special occasion filled with presents to find things to be thankful for - the idea of the exercise is to find 10 things to be grateful for in every day.
It will help you search for those tiny moments - the tree in front of your window, the cup of tea your colleague just made you - that would previously go unnoticed.
* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net