Understanding the importance of gratitude came in the most unlikely of places. My first introduction to a daily gratitude practice happened when a friend sent me a gratitude challenge invitation on Facebook. For 10 days I had to record 5 things that I was grateful for each day. In those 10 days I experienced such a sense of peace and joy that it is now something that I incorporate into my regular routine. While I don’t record five things each day, I do take a moment each day to reflect on the things that I am truly grateful for.
“You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.” – Oprah Winfrey, What I know for Sure
If I find myself feeling down or wallowing in self pity I force myself to go back to recording five things each day. It really amazes me how much of a difference it makes. Our thoughts create our world, so it is important to recognize what you spend most of your day thinking about. Gratitude opens up a new world, one filled with joy and abundance, which generates more joy and abundance.
In writing this blog it made me want to record the 5 things I am grateful for today.
Today I am thankful for…
life and health
the sun as it kisses my skin and brings the birds and their song out into the world.
to be able to live in a country free of war
to have my baby girl sleeping in my arms as I write this post
to be in a loving relationship
I hope you will take a moment each day to incorporate this daily practice into your life as I believe the difference will be quite dramatic. Feel free to share your thoughts on gratitude or what works for you.