Here is a tool I have used with several of my patients to change their mental outlook for the better. Take 20 minutes, more or less, and write two lists:
List #1 are the TEN things in your life you are MOST GRATEFUL for (you can’t list your spouse and all your kids as separate entries…thats cheating). This is a very serious list, so treat it that way!
List #2 are the TEN things, if you had all the free time in the world to do them and money was not object, you would most like to do. These can be hobbies, vacations to exotic destinations, or sitting on your back porch sipping iced tea.
Here is the key to this exercise: READ BOTH LISTS 3 TIMES A DAY! You will quickly find that when you read and focus on the first list regularly, things on the second list will start to happen. Don’t ask me how…just trust me. All this will cost you is 5 minutes, three times a day. (and two pieces of paper)