Speaking of Gratitude…

Feeling GoodThe month of November is filled with reflecting and thankfulness especially in the US due to the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving.  But I like to think gratitude should be lived daily, 24hours, 7days, 365!  It is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done but it is so worth it. 

In the past I have talked about living in gratitude  (more gratitude found here) and I think I have multiple posts that have talked about how I practice it, but I want to tell you want I have learned.  I am one month away from completing my second full year of daily gratitude journaling and it has changed my life, for the better.

So on this Thanksgiving evening here are some of the things I have learned (I probably already knew but now appreciate them more): thankful1

  1. Life is better when you appreciate it.
  2. It is crazy how when you are looking daily for things to be grateful for, you really realize how rich each day is.
  3. Family is fabulous but unless you stop and really become grateful for their existence and presence we tend to take them for granted.  (Don’t do it!)
  4. The small stuff matters, for example, it seems small that I wake up in the morning but what an incredible experience waking up in the morning is when you realize we are not promised another day.
  5. Being alone with your thoughts can be wonderful (especially if it is on a long run outside)!
  6. Being surrounded by friends and their voices can be a blessing!
  7. The moon creates beautiful shadows and light and the sun has amazing powers to brighten my mood.  (Here is hoping you are still with me!)
  8. Laughter is the best medicine.
  9. Pets (especially cats) have the ability to change my mood after a long day at work.
  10. I have also learned that I have a lot more to learn about how to be grateful but I am open and willing to keep practicing.

thankful3I tell you all of this to not brag about how it has changed me but to challenge you to spend some time utilizing the gift of gratitude daily.  It can help us when we feel anxious.  It can help us when we feel depressed.  And best of all it can help us stay out of those moods and live in the moment.  I can hardly wait for the life changing moments that will come from my continued walk in gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”