Easiest and Cheapest Way to Enhance Your Contentment in Life

“I am grateful for having an address.”  Answered a patient when I asked what she was grateful for that day. It is my habit to ask that question while I am writing their prescriptions at the end of their session. I looked at her inquisitively.

She told me that as she was homeless for two months, she did not have an address to get her mail. Further, she explained to me that as soon as she settled in the housing she found, she went to the post office to update her address. She still had a daunting task of calling all her creditors. They may have charged her penalties for not paying in time because she did not get her mail for those months.

Have you ever thought about that?

Are you grateful for having an address?

A place where you can get your mail. A place where you can go to bed when you want to. ( She told me that when you are sleeping on other people’s coaches, you can’t go to bed when you want. You have to fit your host’s schedule. ) A home where you feel relatively safe. (She shared that when you are sleeping in a car, you are always on alert because anybody can come and rob you, hurt you, or ask you to move).

I realized how many things we take for granted.

Therefore I write my gratitude journal every day and have done it for 14 years. I have seen its benefit, and therefore I am on a mission to educate, motivate and spread happiness.

When you write a gratitude journal every day, you can bring attention to simple things in life that you may have taken for granted. Once you bring those to your awareness your focus shifts from what is missing in life to what is there in life. You can feel more content. When something is wrong, you are hurting, or things are not going to your desire, your mind keeps focusing on that. If you have a practice of writing a gratitude journal, you can shift your mood from the negative to positive every day. I think this is the easiest and cheapest way to enhance contentment in life.

Do you practice gratitude journaling? If yes, please share your success story on how it helps you.

If not, start today. Begin with the primary prompt of “I am grateful for” ( IGF in short), and list all the things for which you are thankful.

Once you get used to doing that, you can add other prompts.

In order to guide people to start, resume or take their practice to the next level, I have published a Stress to Joy Gratitude Journal. Order one for yourself or a gift for a loved one.

Dedicated to your Health and Happiness

Dr. Rozina Lakhani

Psychiatrist, Transformation Speaker, and Author of the #1 Bestseller; "Stress to Joy"

Tips for Happiness - Prologue

Thank you for giving these words space in your life. I hope they bring happiness and harmony in your life. The next few posts will consist of PAS:

P: Practice/Technique

A: Attitude

S: Story

The practices described are simple adaptation of the techniques we use in therapy so they could be used by anybody.

The attitude is a small thing but has a big impact. It is like glasses with which we see our situation. If the tint is dark, everything appears dark to us. If the glasses are clear, we see the colors and brightness of life. Excessive colored glasses can also alter our perception (which can happen when people are intoxicated or manic).

The stories I'll utilize are from real life situations. These people are from all walks of life, the stories are not dramatic or sensational (like most media stories, although I certainly hear a lot of them in my practice as a psychiatrist), but are mostly ordinary life situations that most people can relate to. At least one of these stories is bound to touch your heart.

Remember, knowledge until it is used to adapt attitude and practiced in life may not be of much use. So please apply what you learn and notice the enhancement in your joy in life. Please come back and share your experiences to help others.

-Rozina