HALT! Your Gratitude Might Need an Adjustment

Stop and adjust your attitude when you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tiredLife is not without daily trials and tribulations and yet, everyone has the capacity to make the best of most situations and enjoy increased effectiveness and personal happiness in the process.  This is where gratitude becomes a critical factor.  If you struggle to keep a thankful heart, perhaps you need to HALT and readjust your attitude.

My ability to be thankful in all situations depends on my attitude.  When my attitude is negative I easily dwell on unfortunate situations, overreact to challenges and difficulties, and believe things to be impossible.  I also tend to wine and complain, failing to appreciate the blessings in each situation.

Thankfully, I found a tool to help me adjust my attitude.  The HALT method allows me to assess and address my critical needs.  When I do, I am more effective in maintaining gratitude in the midst of difficult times because it is with an attitude of appreciation that I am more easily able to navigate change, overcome setbacks, and meet the needs of others.  With a thankful posture I can face adversity with grace and prevail with peace and satisfaction.

A popular acronym in addiction recovery, HALT suggests pausing long enough to ask yourself if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.  If I am any or all of these things, my attitude is at risk of being negatively impacted and I often find myself becoming increasingly hostile, impatient, irritable or unfriendly, none of which compliment an attitude of appreciation.

When in HALT, I take a moment to assess and to tend to my personal condition:

  • If I am hungry, I make time to prepare or purchase a quick and healthy snack and beverage.
  • If I am angry, I temporarily walk away from my stressful or difficult situation in order breath, count to ten, relax and regroup.
  • If I am tired, I briefly withdraw for a quick nap or quiet time and rejuvenate from my hectic schedule.
  • If I am lonely and feeling isolated, I lift my spirits by making plans to visit a neighbor or friend.

By practicing HALT, I am able to take a more optimistic view of life and trust that good things will happen. Consequently, I find that most of the time they do! When challenges arise, I use the HALT method to keep my sight on the silver lining and take advantage of it.  I focus more on the blessing and express gratitude for the good in everything.

Zig Ziglar once said, “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will,” and research has successfully linked positive emotions, including gratitude, to overall improved health, outlook, and relationships.  The next time you feel your gratitude slipping away, HALT and tend to your critical needs.  Your ability to adjust your attitude, rise above life’s adversities, and prevail with a deeper peace and satisfaction will increase substantially.

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Favorite Quote

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” John Milton

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