This week we talked about pet peeves on the podcast. Those things that seem to happen over and over which annoy us in the home. From leaving their socks on the floor to not replacing the toilet paper, it becomes very easy to take inventory of all the little things that can piss us off.
As mom & dad and husband & wife, we know all too well that living with people 24/7 is not easy. We love our kids and spouse, but it is hard to really like them every hour of the day, especially when some of the things we each do, are like nails on the chalkboard to one another.
When we feel our patience running thin and we can not help but focus on everything our spouse or kids are doing wrong, it’s time to refocus!
Author William Arthur Ward once wrote:
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
Allowing ourselves at least a few minutes a day to focus on gratitude could change our perspective on an entire day. Even those days when the kids won’t put the toilet seat down or the husband leaves his socks on the living room floor.
The key to success is turning a focus on gratitude into a daily habit.
Don’t feel like you have time to set aside to just focus on gratitude? Here are a few tips to prove all of us do!
The best time to focus on gratitude is in the morning. Like a great cup of coffee or tea, morning routines help to fuel a productive and balanced day. A part of successful morning routes is taking 3 minutes every morning to write down or speak 3 things we are thankful for.
Are you busy even before the sun comes up? Here are three times each morning that are great times to take those 3 minutes:
- In the shower
- While eating breakfast
- During morning workouts
We do not have to only focus in the mornings though. When we feel the annoyances building, be it with the kids, spouse, co-workers, or even complete strangers in line getting coffee, running down the list of our daily gratitudes will help to bring balance to our moods.
Let’s start right now, what are you grateful for today? For me, I’m thankful for a beautiful and intelligent wife who is my partner in this word, 2 beautiful and intelligent kids who never seem to flush the toilet, and a sense of humor left to me by my dad, which when the going gets tough, allows me to take a few minutes to laugh at the situation, which can bring a little sun light into even the worst of life.
Kristina and I are also thankful for you too, those who take the time to read our blogs, listen to the podcast, and share your thoughts with us each day in the facebook group.
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