Thursday, June 27, 2013
"Express gratitude. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have — from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you.
When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself.
In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
Set aside a few minutes every day and think about five large or small things you're grateful for. Write them down if you like. Be specific and remember what each thing means to you."
Several years I kept a gratitude journal. In fact I had my high school health classes keep one, too. I read my journals sometimes (when they turn up amongst the clutter). Each year sounds glorious. But I know each of those years had really stressful things going on.
We do have lots to be thankful for. Noting some of these each day is very powerful.
Today I am very thankful for
-our 31 year old daughter who is precious to us.
-a safe place to live with good neighbors and nature right near the house.
-my relatively good health. Wish it were better but I am more healthy than some of my friends and acquaintances.
-sparkfriends who give me great ideas for moving forward.
I could complain all day about 100's of things but really those 5 things I listed add greatly to my life.