Many of us do our daily practice/exercises in various forms. It works. However, today I'm reminded of two one-off high impact exercises that I did that brought big immediate benefits, considering the time and energy investment. I will share the two exercises and am interested to learn if any of you did similar things that I/we could also try.
1) Gratitude for (some aspects) of our misfortunes
The exercise is to look and see, and to write down in detail, all of the benefits that occurred as a result of our misfortunes. We generally tend to think that our misfortunes brought only the negative, and have a "woe-is-me" attitude, but if we look deeply, we see that there is always some good in the bad. In my case, I wrote down a whole A4 page margin to margin on what benefits occurred as a result of my mental-health troubles. Without negating the troubles, this made me look at the whole thing in a more balanced and positive way.
2) The exercise of listing in detail all of the misfortunes that did NOT happen to us
We have all experienced some misfortune. We tend to focus on those one or two or three misfortunes and, again, take a "woe is me" attitude. But we can list in detail (say, write for 15 minutes) all of the misfortunes that did NOT happen to us, but can and do happen to some. When I did this exercise, my reaction was: "oh, the misfortunes that happened to me are not that bad, it could have been much worse" Again, the result was a more balanced and positive outlook.
Do you know of similar one-off exercises that worked for you and that I/we could try?