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? 😉
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~