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The Art of Gratitude

Gratitude: the quality of being thankful,readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

It seems like lately everyone is worried about what they don’t have and what the next person does have. These people are 9 times out of 10 super unhappy with their lives. They may suffer from anxiety or depression. I would know because I was once one of those people.

I wanted things that my friends and colleagues had. I envied that they had managed to accomplish so much at this stage. I felt left behind. Lacking somehow. I took my wants and dreams and wishes and found them in someone else life and it made me miserable.

Realization hit me after having a conversation with my mother. She told me everybody’s clock is different. What they are experiencing may be their time to experience it. This conversation along with some reflection got me thinking about my life differently. To not look at what I didn’t have but to look at the things I have accomplished so far. I took those accomplishments and thought about how at one point they were only dreams and wishes.

I began to think about the growth and progress it took for me to do a lot of the things I thought would be impossible. It was here I decided to practice acts of gratitude. Simply put, gratitude is the act of appreciation and being thankful. I began to find positives and bright sides. I begin to appreciate the journey I was on. If I made a mistake I looked at it as a lesson.

It isn’t easy to break the mold, but there are things that helped make acts of gratitude come naturally.

  1. A gratitude journal: Jotting down just a few ideas about something positive from the day is a good start to help you begin looking for the positive. You can write about a person doing a good deed, or a favorite place you like to visit, or a challenge you’ve recently succeeded at. It helps to keep a record of things you are grateful for.

  2. Daily affirmations: Create a collection of positive mantras results quotes. Every morning start by reading a random affirmation. Speaking positivity out loud can set the mood of the day.

  3. Connect with friends and loved ones: Cook a meal, host a game night, or hang out at a backyard bonfire. Socialize with the people that mean the most to you and appreciate their company and friendship.

  4. Enjoy nature: Go for a walk to enjoy the elements. Check out from technology for a while. Walks in the sunshine or even the rain can give you a new appreciation for the outdoors.

  5. Breathe: Take a deep breath, hold it for about 3 seconds and release it. Taking deep breaths can center you and bring you fully into a moment. It can help reset and refresh you.

I’ve been working on my acts of gratitude. Some days are harder than others but it’s all about taking things one day at a time. There is no rush. Instead of speeding through your days like they are numbered, try slowing down to appreciate the life you are living. You can’t enjoy it when you rush past all the beauty. M

Love and light,


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