Let’s be honest, even the most optimistic of us occasionally find ourselves in a bad mood.  (See my 95% optimism rule)

It could caused by your bratty kids, a bad day at work or perhaps you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Perhaps it makes us feel as though we’re going to explode in rage.

Or maybe we feel trapped by our circumstances and get depressed.

Sometimes we just feel jealous of the achievements of others, giving us a feeling of inadequacy or underachievement.

Despite our best efforts and positive self-talk, all of us can fall into a foul mood, making the world seem darker and drearier.

And when we get there, snapping out of it isn’t always easy.

Some people turn to self-medicating through alcohol or other means (bad idea), whilst others are much more resourceful and look for opportunities to make the lives of others better, taking a focus off their own problems (great idea).

But what’s the single most effective way to go from feeling jaded to feeling on top of the world?

List 10 things that you’re grateful for.

I know that it seems simplistic, but by changing your focus from the negative aspects of your life to the things that you’re thankful for, you can shift your mood into a much more resourceful one.

Please note, when I say list, I literally mean write them down.

Sit down, think, reflect and put pen to paper.

By physically interacting in this way you are making a declaration to the world (and yourself), that in the midst of the dramas and unfortunate events of life, there are good things all around that we can focus on.

I know that this won’t turn your children into angels or your boss into the best dude in the world, but it can help you to focus on the light, not the darkness, giving you the perspective required to find a road through your circumstances.

If it helps, here are 10 things that I’m grateful for today:

  1. My wife, Karen,
  2. My three kids, Hayden, Madison and Logan,
  3. My business,
  4. My lovely home,
  5. Great books,
  6. Brilliant music,
  7. The AFL season is starting soon,
  8. Living in Australia,
  9. My relationship with God,
  10. You, the reader of this blog.

I feel better already!

Now, what’s your list?

Alternatively, what do you do to snap out of a bad mood?

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