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Practice the GLAD technique

by Vidya Sury July 25, 2016 20 comments
Lets practice the GLAD technique. Vidya Sury

Life is busy, life is hectic. You’re pretty sure you’ll never ever see the day when you can say “My to-do list is all checked off and I am going to relax”

Don’t look at me! I hear people rocking that worry chair all the time, getting nowhere. And sometimes, losing precious time fretting, time that could easily be used productively.

Everyone is so caught up with finishing things, accomplishing things, that they have no time to stand and stare. Too little time for family, barely any for friends, and none for self. To add to the misery, social media does not help. It sucks you in into its stream, often messing so hard with your mind that you go into a brain freeze.

It is all about the things. People, not so much.

Love people, not things. Use things, not people

So I am asking you – when was the last time you stopped to listen to your thoughts?

Now is a good time as any. I know I need the respite. I know I need to find my joy and balance for my own sanity.

I have a long list of mindfulness techniques in my arsenal to keep me balanced. One of these is the GLAD technique. Nice acronym eh?

What is GLAD?

GLAD stands for four ways to find that mental state where life feels good.

It requires you to focus on the positive in your life and around you, specifically the things you take for granted.

I assure you it is easy.

Understanding GLAD

G is for Gratitude

  • What is one thing you are grateful for, today?
  • List a basic thing or something that pops into your mind the moment you think “oh, I am so grateful for….. today” Could be your morning coffee, your breakfast, the hug that woke you up…  the sunshine, a healthy body, home.
  • If you wish, you can also go after the big ones you truly appreciate, such as your happy relationships, your friends, your job, and so on.

Easy, no?

L is for Learning

  • What is one new thing you learned today?
  • Was it something about yourself?
  • Did you discover a particular talent you have?
  • Did you realize you have specialized knowledge about something you can share, something that is of value to others?
  • Shifting the focus away from yourself, did you learn something new and wonderful about someone? Someone you thought you knew well?  Don’t you love the feeling?
  • Did you develop a new perspective on something that makes you happy?
  • Always be learning! Keeps your mind fit.

A is for Accomplishment

  • What is one small accomplishment you achieved today? It needn’t be something huge.
  • It can be going to bed on time.
  • It can be that extra 15 minutes of sleep you wanted to get.
  • It can be eating on time, eating healthy.
  • It can be leaving for work on time.
  • It can be that extra step towards a long term goal that excites you.
  • I’ve listed self care items because hey, we all need it and we just take some of the things we do routinely for granted.

I can assure you that my greatest achievement today was telling three people my son is leaving in two days – without crying or choking up.

D is for Delight

  • What is that one thing that filled you with delight today?
  • What made you laugh or smile?
  • What brought you joy?
  • Was it something beautiful you saw?
  • Was it that parrot flying across your window and deciding to perch there?
  • Was it the bud you saw that’s about to bloom? A flower?
  • Was it the hilarious joke you heard?
  • Was it that tasty morsel you put in your mouth?
  • Was it the empty kitchen sink? (My favorite!)

How to practice GLAD

You need:

  • A journal and pencil or your device of choice, whatever you’re comfortable with
  • Five minutes (of course you can spare that for yourself!)
  • Intention (say yes!)

Get started. Do it!

  • Try and catch a new G L A D every day!
  • Try to practice this every day for a week. I prefer the daily routine. What is important is to write it all down.
  • Yay! You did it!
  • At the end of the week take a look at your notes.
  • How did you feel about focusing on the G L A D?
  • How does it feel when you started noticing these things?
  • Is there some way, small or big, the practice benefited you?
  • Do you feel like sharing the idea with others?
  • Do you prefer to do it daily or weekly?

Make it a habit – you’re welcome!

Sometimes you just do not need wires to stay connected!

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Nabanita Dhar July 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm

This is such a simple technique , Vidya… a little effort or not much at all to actually be happy about what we have, have time for our family and stop worrying even if for some time . Love the acronym really , GLAD…awesome:)

Nicola July 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

I adore this technique. I do wish I would have known the ‘GLAD’ technique when I was teaching in schools. This would have helped the children so much. But, I have already written it on the whiteboard in my office and will refer to it daily. It comes at the perfect time for me. I published my first book of short stories yesterday (under my pseudonym, Tessa Castello) and I’ve been quite stressed in the lead up to it and now I feel as flat as a pancake. Trying my best to reflect on the journey but I need to just chill and switch off just for a day. Thank you for the lovely post. You always touch my heart and make me smile.
(if you are interested, you can download my book today for free. It’s called, “Short Stories for on the go”.) Have a lovely week, Vidya.
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Rajlakshmi July 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm

that’s a wonderful exercise… I am sure those struggling to find something positive in their lives would benefit immensely from this 🙂 You always have great happy happy ideas 😀
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Nicola July 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Hello Vidya,
Thank you for popping by my blog. I hope you enjoy my stories.
We must definitely meet for that virtual coffee very soon. I’m away throughout August but we will arrange something for September if that suits you.
Sending you lots of happy wishes and smiles.
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Angel Stew & Devil's Brew July 26, 2016 at 11:37 pm

Fantastic Vidya. I am going to use this EVERY day and include it as part of my blog posts. Thank you for sharing this.

My Inner Chick July 27, 2016 at 12:04 am

–Have you ever thought of becoming a Guru?

Love you more than flying to London!! xxx
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Rachna Parmar July 27, 2016 at 7:30 am

This really is very simple. I would like to try it. Hope you are holding up fine since Vidur is leaving soon. Hugs!
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Sakura Beauty July 27, 2016 at 11:03 am

I am going to use this EVERY day and include it as part of my blog posts. Thanks for post. I will sharing your post

Debbie D. July 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm

So many people can benefit from this wisdom, Vidya. Have you ever considered writing a book? I bet it would be a best-seller! 🙂 You and your son are obviously close. He’ll be back again before you know it. Hang in there, Mom.
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Asha July 27, 2016 at 10:55 pm

This comes so much at such a right time Vidya… Have been so busy that I have been literally been a zombie.. work eat sleep.. Btw…I always like to reserve your posts to read at leisure.. Just before I sleep 🙂
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Vidya Sury July 27, 2016 at 11:53 pm

You do realize you made my day, right, Asha? Thank you. Sending you a warm hug!
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Shailaja Vishwanath July 28, 2016 at 7:47 pm

This really is so eloquently simple and I am so glad to say that I am managing a bit of all of the above daily. Hugs and only you can write a gorgeous post like this one 🙂
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Parul Thakur July 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

What a fantastic post and a lovely way to be aware of self. Absoultely doable. Thank you for sharing, Vidya. You are true to your name – sharing knowledge 🙂
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Birgit August 3, 2016 at 9:04 am

Dear Vidya…you could write a book about the meaning to live your life with Gladness in it Luis everything else. I was glad to be greeted by my doggie with mushy kisses. I learned that I have a strong loud voice since a client is so deaf I literally have to scream so he can hear me. I accomplished creating a few cards which I am happy to say and I was delighted by my one nutty cat who makes me laugh when he plays. I am also so happy to have my hubby in my life even though I want to smack him upside the head on occasion. He respects and loves me and does so much to ease what I need to do…..that is truly special( a friend of mine is ready to enter a storm as her husband has been horrible and she finally woke up to his disrespectful ways).
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Cathy Lawdanski August 16, 2016 at 7:18 am

I love this, Vidya. I can tell you I delighted in watching my grandson play today! Yes, we do need to unplug, quit thinking about the to do list and be mindful. Great method to do that. Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon

Cathy Lawdanski August 19, 2016 at 3:11 am

Vidya, I loved this post so much, I started doing GLAD this morning. I talked about this post on a MySideof50 Facebook Live this morning and will be sharing it on my FB page. You are one of the feature picks on this week’s #Overthemoon link party!
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Vidya Sury August 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

Wow! Thank you Cathy! GLAD works, doesn’t it? I am excited to be a featured pick at #Overthemoon! Love the concept of MySideof50 (sounds exactly like my side, too 🙂 I will turn 53 next month!) So glad you came by! I am looking forward to keeping in touch!
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Marilyn Lesniak August 21, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon.

I came to let you know but I wanted to say how much I like your blog. I will be back!!
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Vidya Sury August 21, 2016 at 9:50 pm

Thank you so much Marilyn! I am so thrilled. I will. I’ve been following Sandy’s blog for years and loved seeing the posts in the link up – and never got around to participating until last week. I am looking forward to being a regular there! Hugs and love – and special thanks for your kind words. And your post’s title is just the question I want to see the answer to. Always wondered how long I could store boiled eggs. 🙂
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Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan June 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Just wondering,what with the busy schedules, does one have the time to note down things….and then again read it?


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