Whatever our individual troubles or
challenges may be, it’s important to
pause every now and then to appreciate
all that we have, on every level. We need
to literally “count our blessings”, give
thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy
them, and relish the experience of
prosperity we already have.
Gratitude helps you grow and expand;
gratitude brings joy and laughter
into the your life, and into the
lives of those around you.
(Some people) have a wonderful capacity
to appreciate again and again, freshly
and naively, the basic goods of life,
with awe, pleasure, wonder,
and even ecstasy.
~A. H. Maslow~
Much has been written about gratitude journals, and how the simple act of writing about the appreciation and love we have for the people and things around us can help us to be happier, as well as attract more happiness into our lives. One study done by Robert A. Emmons of the University of California Davis and Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami found that people who kept a gratitude journal were happier, more optimistic, slept better and worked out more often than those in the control group. Some people go a step further and get a “gratitude buddy” to share what they’ve written. This got me thinking. Although I don’t keep a specific book to list what I’m grateful, I often write about such things in my daily journal. I’ve decided to take it one step further; on every Monday, on this blog, I will write about three things I’m grateful for, and ask that you list three things you’re grateful for in the comment section. Big things, small things, it doesn’t matter. In fact, I believe it’s useful to take note of, and appreciate all the little things that make our lives easier, happier or just more fun.
The first three photos above represent today’s gratitude list:
1. My husband, Eddie - I could go on and on about why I’m grateful to be sharing my life with this wonderful man, but the bottom line is: I am so very thankful for the love and support he gives me every day to live my life fully and authentically.
2. My iPhone camera - Since I usually have my phone with me, the camera allows me to capture whatever might interest me wherever I am – and there’s the added bonus that I can share the photo instantly with a friend if I choose.
3. Nostalgia - I am grateful for all the beautiful memories I have from childhood that helped shape who I am today.
I look forward to hearing from you.