Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment, without judgment. But it’s also about having a good mindset—one that embraces compassion, kindness, and gratitude. “More than 11,000 different studies show that developing a grateful mindset significantly improves mood, health, and relationships,” says Nataly Kogan, author of Happier Now, How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments, who was recently featured on Meditation Studio’s Untangle Podcast.
To conduct your own personal gratitude experiment, write down three good things about your day every day for 30 days. By looking for little moments of happiness each day, you’re training your brain to get off autopilot (especially if you’re prone to negative thoughts) and to focus instead on the good that's already in your life, whether it’s a warm cup of coffee or a text from a friend when you need it.
See also 7 Ways to Start a Gratitude Journaling Practice