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The Happy Way To Start An Expat Day

25 September, 2015

Practice Gratitude

Writing a gratitude list supports you to live and appreciate the present and is one of the simplest, quickest and effective things you can do everyday to live and maintain and healthier and happier lifestyle.

What are the benefits to gratitude writing?

  1. You start the day with positive thoughts which in return feed your energy levels
  2. You will let go of what was holding you back from living your healthiest and happiest self from the day before
  3. You start to reveal what and who you appreciate in your day to day expat life

When you focus on the good things in your life you are much more proactive in taking steps to achieve your health and happiness goals. The positive mindset you create during the process of writing your gratitude list will support you in maintaining healthier choices during the day.

What to write in a gratitude list?

The more specific you are the more worth while it will be and the happier you will feel.

A general response for example could be;

for my friends”

A more specific example could be;

my friend Anne who made me a cup of tea at break when I was too busy to make myself one”

Thinking about actual events that have happened will give you a direct link to the feeling of being grateful and the feelings that come with that, happiness, warmth, calm, laughter, a huge grin on your face…

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Melody Beattie

21 day challenge (it takes about 21 days to create a new habit!)

Write down a minimum of 5 things (however the more you write the more positive you will feel) that you are grateful for each day for 1 week.

Use a journal, your laptop or phone, or even just say it out loud in your car on your way to work – somewhere that fits into your daily routine and see how you feel.


Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie


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