By Diane Habel, LCSW
GLAD is an acronym for ways of finding joy and balance. It works by paying attention to certain positive aspects of life around you all the time, which frequently go unnoticed.
You might want to keep track of these in a journal, or perhaps this is just a reflection before turning in to sleep. You can do this daily or once a week.
Set aside some time at the end of your day and reflect on the following:
G – Gratitude, something you are thankful for today. This can represent the most basic gratitude – having food, water, sunlight, a body that works well enough, a roof over your head. Your gratitude might also be about appreciating those truly significant things in your life – a relationship, meaningful work, a caring community of friends, robust health.
L – One thing you Learned today. This could be something you learned about yourself, insight, or wisdom you possess. It could mean having an open attitude so that you can discover something new and interesting about another person. It might have to do with learning a new fact or gaining a new perspective on something.
A – One Accomplishment you had today. An accomplishment can be an ordinary act of self-care: getting enough sleep, eating healthy meals, getting dressed. Anything that moves you even slightly toward a goal.
D – One thing of Delight that touched you today. Consider anything that made you laugh or smile or brought you a feeling of joy. Maybe a thing of beauty in nature that you noticed with intention. A bird chirping at a feeder, a colorful flower, laughing at something funny, tasting food, returning a smile, pleasant sensations.