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Gratitude once again

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

I was talking with my best friend about her gratitude practice, as well as my own... and we came to the conclusion that gratitude is the antidote to hopelessness and bleakness of spirit. She posts her daily gratitude list daily in a fairly public fashion on FB, while I keep mine more private, in my journal, but both of us make a point of writing down at least three things we are grateful for each day. It is hard to wallow in bleakness when you are examining your life for the blessings to be found! In fact I find it hard not to smile, even if it’s just for a little while. It’s a nice way to start the day. Between the meditations I have been doing and the gratitude journaling (along with exercise) I feel like I am making a truly honest effort to combat the lethargy and depression that were creeping in on me. It’s difficult to get a good brood going when you start your day with a deep breath, a smile, and a long walk. Follow that up with some puppy cuddles, and I am set for at least a few hours of good mood and contentment! Sounds like a nice recipe to remember and keep practicing... what do you do to make yourself smile or feel contentment?
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  • DESERTDREAMERS
    As I was trying to read your blog, Shiloh, my littlest pup, was playing “pirate puppy”. She sat on my shoulder behind my neck quietly, then decided to dance around back there! You just have to laugh at that!
    3 days ago
  • RAYLINSTEPHENS
    My Bubba loves to cuddle too. He likes naps!
    6 days ago
  • RKOTTEK
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  • CHERIRIDDELL
    I am grateful for many things too one of them is you!
    8 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    emoticon totally. Hmm, I'm going to hop on over to the Winter 5% Challenge team and do mine!!

    TY for the reminder
    8 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Great reminder that we all have things to be grateful for. Seeing them in writing is confirmation that it is so.

    I truly agree with you. I am grateful that you blog often. emoticon
    8 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    I agree as you say: "It is hard to wallow in bleakness when you examine your life and find blessings." … Yes, so true.
    8 days ago
  • BONNIEMARGAY
    Gratitude practice really has been fundamental in shifting anxious and depressed thinking into more balanced thinking.

    The most helpful thing I have learned in so many years of daily gratitude practice is that you do not have to feel thankful for anything! You can start from anywhere, and that matters a lot when things look bleak.

    I can be furious about a parking ticket, and grateful for transportation at the same time.

    Thank you for sharing your gratitude practice!
    8 days ago
  • MAMAMAITAI
    Gratitude journal...what a wonderful idea. emoticon emoticon
    8 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    Good blog! Going to my gym and seeing all the other seniors working out always brings a smile to my face! Then after I have done a 3 min. wall squat or plank after the groaning the effort I put in and the sweat equity makes me smile. Of course all the other little things in my life make me smile as well.
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    9 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    emoticon Excellent recipe for contentment!

    Given my current health challenges, simply sitting out back in the yard has worked wonders to lift my spirits. Otherwise, I'd likely be out walking/running outdoors a few days a week. Right now, such physical activity is counterproductive.

    I so enjoy sharing the space with the critters that also call it home. The view of the surrounding foothills, the river, the trees in our yard and the surrounding yards. The sound of running water in the water fountain. Singing birds. The whir of hummingbirds' wings. Leaves rustling in the wind. Yes. We still have trees shedding their leaves.

    The air is fresh this morning following more rain. So, so grateful for the rain! The trees and other vegetation appear to be grateful for the life sustaining rains too. They're so much more vibrant. And, yes. I can see the difference in them.
    9 days ago
  • HAPPYSOUL91
    I have a document I keep on my wallpaper - My High Five and list 5 things I am grateful for each day. Love doing it
    9 days ago
  • MOMWANTSNOWAIST
    I thank God for each day and knowing Jesus as my Saviour brings me contentment 'cause I am knowin' where I 'm goin'! emoticon
    9 days ago
  • MBPP50
    emoticon A gratitude list works for me. Working with my CASA kiddos helps. Helping others makes me more appreciative of what I have. I get more out of giving than I get out of receiving. Walks help too- the solitude and being out in nature are so nice. emoticon emoticon
    9 days ago
  • SWEETNEEY
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  • EISSA7
    emoticon Keep up the good work!
    9 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    sweet!
    9 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    9 days ago
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