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Patience Day 26 -How Gratitude & Thankfulness Can Make You More Patient

September 14, 2018 Leave a comment
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Gratitude implies a deep appreciation for something

You probably consider gratitude to be a positive personality trait. After all, someone who is thankful for what they have or what they are given seems to be much more pleasant than someone who is entitled or who doesn’t appreciate anything. However, being grateful has more benefits than simply making you a pleasant person to be around. In fact, gratitude and thankfulness can make you more patient. Join me as I explain more.

About Gratitude

Gratitude is a human emotion that is much like appreciation or thankfulness. Beyond its everyday use, the concept has begun to receive attention within the field of positive psychology. Gratitude has been linked to a number of positive benefits. In this context, it goes beyond just saying “thank you.” Gratitude implies a deep appreciation for something. There’s a saying that goes, “Gratitude is an attitude.” I like this one because it implies that being grateful is something that can be incorporated into your personality with intention. When you are purposefully grateful, wonderful things can happen.

Gratitude and Patience

Gratitude has a strong connection to patience because it’s been shown to improve self-control. When you’re feeling grateful, you’re more apt to be content in the moment, which gives you the ability to make more grounded decisions and to not look longingly to the next thing on your life. Gratitude has also been shown to reduce levels of depression, anxiety and stress. We’ve already talked about how being less stressed allows you to be more patient. Finally, gratitude also provides you with a deeper appreciation for what you have. When you apply this to your relationships, you’ll find yourself becoming far less impatient with the important people in your life.

How to Be More Grateful

Gratitude can be considered an emotion, a state of being or a character trait. I also think of it as a practice, something that gets better and comes easier with time. There are lots of ways you can practice gratitude and incorporate it into your life. Try keeping a gratitude journal. Writing down three to five things each day that you’re grateful for will change your outlook. You could also volunteer or become active in a cause. Helping others and working for something bigger than yourself is a great way to see the bigger picture and to gain perspective on what’s really important to you.

Another useful strategy is to turn your complaints into positives. Next time you’re feeling upset about something, try to find the silver lining. Listing just one thing can really turn things around for you.

There are many of other ways to practice gratitude. An internet search will give you several. Give these suggestions a try and take note of how you feel. You’re likely to find your patience increasing. Suddenly, minor annoyances will seem far less significant.

Assignment Day 26

Start a gratitude journal. For the next two weeks each day write down three to five things that you are grateful for. If you need to start slow, write down at least one thing.

 

 

 

 

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Simple Tips To Achieve Better Time Management

October 21, 2013 2 comments

Time Management

Better time management need not be elusive and can be as easy as following a few simple and basic steps. What you won’t find here is rocket science but techniques that you can apply and begin seeing results from.

You can start by evaluating what you currently do. If you’re not already writing down your time management goals for the day, then there’s mistake number one right there. Writing down your plans gives you a clear purpose and objective to achieve. If you don’t write them down it’s easy to lose track of the tasks you need to accomplish for the day getting you behind schedule. The act of writing your goals and putting pen to paper also makes it real and gives you a greater sense of accountability than if it were just an idea alone.

Keeping a clear and detailed journal or diary chronicling your progress will give you tangible evidence of what works and what doesn’t creating a continuing basis to improve upon. Since no system or method is flawless in itself, the maintenance of a journal allows you to re-evaluate your strategy until it’s perfect, or near enough. So it’s important to write it down.

Don’t rush. Trying to cram in as much as possible during a limited window of opportunity doesn’t get things done, in fact it tends to have the complete reverse effect. So, never try to rush through your tasks to completion throughout the day. This kind of strategy can backfire and leave you having to back-peddle and fix things you may have neglected by cutting corners.

A great way to get the most from your time is to trim your day of unnecessary steps. It’s incredible just how much time is wasted with unnecessary processes. If you want to achieve better time management you will need to eliminate any steps that are not critical to the completion of a task. These extra steps often add time to the clock and hinder your ability to be effective and efficient. So, if there are any steps that undermine your potential to achieve better time management, those steps have to go!

Avoid any temptation to overwork yourself. You may think that it earns you brownie points with yourself, colleagues or the boss, the fact remains that when you work for too long or too hard, all you really end up doing is overexerting yourself making you more unproductive. Taking a little rest break or day off now and then will lead to better results in the long-term. You need to recharge your batteries to stay at the top of your game and there’s nothing like coming back into a challenging situation or problem with a fresh pair of rested eyes.

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