ADHD And The Magic of Gratitude

ADHD and the Magic of GratitudeLast week, I met a friend for breakfast. He radiated happiness, fun and energy. This wouldn’t be worth mentioning were in not for the fact that his happiness is a new thing. For about 2 years he wasn’t particularly enjoying life, nothing bad had happened, he was healthy, happily married, a good job, a nice home. However, he was bored with life, he was going through the motions, without enjoying it.

Of course, I wanted to know what had changed. Everything seemed to be the same, same job, etc. However, for the last 6 months he has been writing down 5 things he is grateful for every day. The results are life changing.

By a happy coincidence, I have just finished reading the book ‘The Magic’ by Rhonda Byrne. She explains how practicing gratitude for what is in your life is transformational, both in terms of how happy you feel, and in attracting what you do want in your life.

ADDers are very hard on themselves. They are critical of themselves, their achievements, and how successful their life is or isn’t. They don’t acknowledge what they have done in the past and what is going well now. While taking a few minutes each day to feel grateful might seem very a simplistic solution, practicing gratitude helps with those traits. It makes you realize what is going well right now,as well as what has gone right in the past, too. It means you can own your achievements and feel good about yourself.

Why don’t you take a few minutes right now and think what you do have to be grateful for? This might sound cliché, but when you do this, you realize just how wonderful your life is. It turns a black mood into a happy one, and lifts your energy so you can tackle any problem that comes up.

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  1. Aaron says:

    This article is a great simple reminder to slow down and appreciate the things you have in life. It is so easy to get caught up in admiring what other people have and the things or traits that you wish you posessed, but don’t let this cloud your vision and gratitude for your own life, strengths, family and friends.

    Everyone has something to be forever greatful for, even if they have to look a little harder to find it.

  2. Priya says:

    Jacq, thanks for the article. It is a coincidence for me too since I am reading the Secret series and is teaching me what positivity is and the law of nature is. In the recent past, I hear a lot about The Secret book and its techniques so often that I feel it is conveying me positive messages for my well being. I should start practicing the Gratitude technique like your friend does.

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