How practicing gratitude can change your life
Practicing gratitude is super simple and super powerful. Did you know that people who practice gratitude are happier than people who don’t? It’s true.
It’s so easy to focus on the negatives in our lives and overlook the positives. But being mindful about what we are grateful for places importance on the positives leading us to feel more grateful and fulfilled.
For those that know me, know that I am a happy go lucky kinda person. People often say that I am always smiling and I’m always so happy. I MUST lead this perfect little life. Trust me when I tell you that my life is far from perfect. I face challenges, trials and tribulations just like the next person. Sometimes life isn’t fair and I get the short end of the stick, but I believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m always grateful for everything I have. The good overpowers the bad.
Here’s an example… When I was about 8 months pregnant with baby number 4, we were getting ready to move. Me and my big belly and bad back were packing up our entire house into boxes when I broke my toe. I pulled out a kitchen drawer and it landed directly on my toe. I sat on my kitchen floor crying in pain but mostly crying out of self pity.
We surprisingly and shockingly got pregnant with baby number 4 forcing us to move to a bigger house that I’m packing up all by myself while caring for 3 other kids by myself because my husband was super busy with work. I felt really sorry for myself as I sat on my kitchen floor crying with my 3 babies hugging and consoling me.
After my self pity party, It hit me (like a drawer to the toe) that I have nothing to feel sorry about. I was grateful to be able to get pregnant again and grow a thriving baby inside my body. I was grateful that we got an offer close to asking price on our home and that we got an accepted offer on our soon to be new home. I was grateful that my body (minus one toe, swollen ankles and bad lower back) was capable of packing up an entire home by myself to prepare my family to move. I was grateful that my husband had a job that provided for our growing family.
I was grateful that I had toes to break. Sounds a little cliche but true none-the-less.
GRATITUDE is EVERYTHING!
Here are ways you can start practicing gratitude.
- Count your blessings. Every night before bed or right when you wake up in the morning, count on 10 fingers all the things you are grateful for. This forces you to think beyond the obvious things and think of the little things. It’s the little things that count.
- Start a gratitude journal. Every night before bed or right when you wake up in the morning, write 3-10 things you are grateful for each day. Pen to paper is super powerful and this is my preferred method. I find this especially valuable when I’m going through a tough time.
- Make it a family affair. Every night before dinner, go around the table and everyone say what they are grateful for. You’re teaching your kids to practice gratitude which is an amazing practice for them to start at a young age. It’s also refreshing to see the world through their eyes and what they place importance on.
Commit to one of these gratitude practices every day for the next 7 days and see how it impacts your life.
Sending you positive and peaceful vibes!
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