Developing Your Personal Power

Self help books have been around for a long time now. Sometimes they can motivate us to get up and make changes but most times we finish the book close it, put it away and then look around for the next best on the list self help book

I know I’ve done it myself many times. A title would catch my eye, or someone would suggest a book. and I would be off to our lovely Easons or Hodges and Figgus in Dublin.

Maybe this book will be different, maybe it will hold the key. Some did I have to say I loved, some led me to further study and  where I am today. But then many of them took me away from my own path and brought me to a dead end feeling useless and inadequate and unable to negotiate my own destiny. 

Yes they are still on my book shelf taking up valuable book space but I also still hold onto the books that wee a turning point in my life. 



 The practise of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been bandied about in the mainstream for years. Long-term have even been carried out and they support the effectiveness of gratitude they suggest that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we might know ind that can take some time.

That’s why practising gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.



Does Gratitude Reduce Stress?


Some Ways to Begin Your Gratitude Practice

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures of the things that give joy (great one for the kids)
  • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation. I promise you it will give you more energy to handle that challenging situation even those bigger world issues. 
  • When you feel like complaining, flip your perspective and make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how your new practice of gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it in your journal, sing about it, say thank you for gratitude.
  • Most importantly ‘Watch your Language’ ! What do you say when people ask how you are? 
  • Watch how you frame situations! 

As you practice Gratitude, an inner shift will begin to happen and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you feel. That sense of feeling fulfilled is gratitude at work. 

My Journals are still my go to today and my cup of tea, my favourite pen and notebook in my sacred spot but maybe not so often.

If you would like to learn more about journal writing and how it can help you clear your mind and make those difficult decisions you can read more here.

Developing your own self-help tools is a powerful way to evolve your personal power. They are your go-to when life gets tough. My choice of tools might not be yours the trick is in finding the ones that work for you. self-help and

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