Penguin Pointers – Gratitude

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We are getting a small break from the biting cold temperatures here at my house, so I was motivated to get out of bed and do lots of things today. I’ve accomplished a lot and that’s something to be grateful for…. huh? 😉

G=Gratitude.

In my opinion living life with a grateful heart is the only way to live. Each and every time I count my blessing and truly take all that I have to heart, my life gets better. The opposite is true as well. If I am in a pissy place or if I get caught up in all that I could have, be or do…‘if only’ I had what someone else has, my life gets progressively worse and worse the longer I allow that train of thought to continue.

I believe that it’s because when we focus on how lucky we are and how much we have we LOOK at it, THINK about it and FEEL all the mushy, gushy feels that can be felt about our life.

I also believe that when we are in that mushy, gushy place we SEE all the wonderful opportunities out there for us to gather or work towards or just plain enjoy. Plus when we feel grateful we are much more optimistic and confident, which again leads to us going after all that we desire.

Taking the time to notice all we have to be grateful for each day is super powerful. We can write them down, share them with someone we trust or simply think about them. There is no wrong way to feel gratitude.

I love a gratitude journal.  I’ve seen them range from paragraphs written daily to lists…to one. stand alone sentence written at the end of the day. I’ve had many gratitude journals over the course of my life and I find a mixture of all of those things work for me.  But it really doesn’t matter because the point is not to list the most things or the best things…it’s to be plugged into your life enough to see all that there is to be grateful for. From the big things like your family or job or health…down the seemingly tiniest things you may miss like a bird singing or a late blooming flower or a smile from a stranger when you really needed it.

Recently though I’ve been thinking about all that I have to be grateful for before even opening my eyes in the morning. I start out by feeling gratitude for another day and then move on from there. Starting my day with thoughts of gratitude helps me feel ridiculously happy before ever getting out of bed.  Not a bad way to start the day!

Regardless of how you do it, gratitude in any form…at anytime….anywhere….will change your life. It’s really that simple.

Thanks for reading~

nikkisig

 


15 thoughts on “Penguin Pointers – Gratitude

  1. Oh, Nikki, I love this! And I so agree. Gratitude is such a key to loving and living from the heart. I love your idea of being grateful even before you open your eyes.
    I’m about to sign off for a week for a spiritual retreat! Excited! “See” you when I return.
    Love, Debbie
    ps – my spiritual mentor mentioned that “gratitude is a moment-to-moment celebration”. Completely am learning about that.

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  2. Wonderful post that I completely resonate with, having written in a Gratitude Journal before going to bed for the past five years. I also love the idea of a gratitude meditation on waking to really FEEL our blessings. What a great way to start the day. Hugs to you xo

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  3. I truly believe that gratefulness leads to happiness and not the other way around. It is the grateful people who are the happier ones because they see more of the positives in life!
    I like your idea of starting up your day feeling grateful already. Just thinking about it already is making me smile! 😊

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  4. I have tried to keep a gratitude journal many times, for some reason it just doesn’t work for me. I just can never think of anything to write down. But I am grateful and I do appreciate those golden moments when something happens and you are either a part of it or just fortunate enough to be there to see/hear it and my heart explodes with gratitude. I love those moments….I usually call them God moments. And it’s all the little things that we take for granted that are truly most special but too often they go unappreciated. Like if your teenager walks into the kitchen and says ”can I help with dinner?” or ”want me to take out the trash?” Or if your partner comes home and hands you your favorite candy bar or snack crackers just because he saw them and thought of you. Or when someone leaves you a message on FB that says ”Just thinking of you today and wanted you to know” or “Remember that time we went to …… I was just thinking about how much fun we had that day.” Or when the doctor tells you “Your blood work looks better this time, keep doing what you’re doing”. Things like that, make me feel gratitude!

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    1. Completely understand Kelly. I LOVE the idea of journaling but I do better just thinking about things. The other day I was having an AWFUL day. Just AWFUL and Steve had to go walk a house for a builder. He stopped on his way back to work and got me a Starbucks coffee. Something I look at as a splurge…and brought it home in the middle of day for me. I was so grateful…and surprised. Moments like that should be remembered. 🙂 ❤

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