How would you like to know a way to instantly increase your level of gratitude at any given moment, regardless of your circumstances?
I learned this exercise from my friend Hal, who—after being pronounced dead at the scene—miraculously survived a head on collision with a drunk driver. After coming out of a 6-day coma, doctors say it was his positive outlook that drove his speedy recovery.
"First," Hal says, "stick out your hands and imagine that on each hand is a list. The list on the left hand consists of everything you have to be upset about—maybe you lost your job… or you're not getting along with someone… or it’s just plain crummy outside—everything you consider bad. And on the right hand is everything you have to be joyful about—you're alive… you have a job… your family loves you... God loves you—everything you consider to be good."
Hal told me that at any given moment, regardless of my circumstances, I have a choice: I can either focus on my left hand, the negative, or I can focus on my right hand, the positive. It’s completely up to me.
So next time you’re not feeling the greatest, just ask yourself, "Which hand am I focusing on?"