G R A T I T U D E

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grat·i·tude
/ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun
 ~  the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

 

I touched on gratitude in the last post of my old blog. To this day, I continue to believe that gratitude is one of the most important factors to success and well-being.

Not only does it improve psychological, mental, and physical health, it also improves your way of life by eliminating negative thoughts with positive ones.
“Negative experiences weigh more on the minds of humans than positive ones, so much so that some psychologists have estimated it takes three good emotions to balance out a single bad one.” (Gulli, Maclean’s) There is another example in that article of how Janice Kaplan suffered from food poisoning and was grateful for it – it allowed her to make the pain more bearable because she knew that it would be gone the next day.

Personally, I have noticed a shift in my perspective and emotions. I feel so alive and more aware of small things, which I usually turned a blind eye to.

Last year, I decided to try something based off of a photo I found from Pinterest:

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I got through a few months and then I stopped. However, I came across the 5 Minute Journal and decided to make one on my own.

Every morning, I would wake up and write down:
– Three things that I’m grateful for
– Three positive things that I wanted to happen that day
– One positive affirmation

I went about my day and then before I went to sleep, I finished off with:
– Three good things that happened to me that day
– One thing that could have made my day better.

There are other journals now that elaborates on these points and dives deeper into calls of action, such as; ‘three actions you can take towards your big dreams,’ and ‘three actions towards your happiness.’

I am much more grounded in my gratitude practice today. I journal a few times per day as it is and I can feel the results. I am a lot happier, healthier, and more excited in the mornings to see how my days will play out and I can go to sleep with a smile knowing that I have accomplished a few amazing things that day.

Always say thank you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” – Eileen Caddy

How do you practice gratitude? Please leave a comment below or via Instagram.

Thank YOU for reading 🙂

 

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