They don't have to be deep thoughts. It doesn't have to be complicated. The time spent on the exercise can be as much or as little as you choose. All that's really important is that you do it... that you regularly practice gratitude, in whatever style suits you best. I promise you, it's life-changing.
(If you'd like a bit of background on why I started the Gratitude Linkup, check out this post.)
In spite of missing my family and wishing we could spend Thanksgiving with them, this weekend has been truly lovely. Baking pumpkin pies, going pumpkin picking and out for dinner with a friend, and sharing an amazing and memorable Thanksgiving meal with friends old and new have all combined to leave me happy, satisfied, and filled with gratitude.
Happy Sunday, and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! While cultivating a spirit of gratitude is important throughout the whole year, the fact that it's Thanksgiving weekend makes this Gratitude Linkup even more meaningful to me. I truly hope you'll join me in practicing gratitude and giving thanks!
If you've been reading Alphabet Salad for awhile, you'll know that I periodically post gratitude lists - short, quick inventories of things in my life for which I'm grateful at a particular moment in time.
After a recent bout with a 1st time muscle related back injury, I have a new appreciation of my everyday, chronic pain. If you've read my whinging about my back, (more here), you know that for me and many others, injury is a different kind of pain. The only positive thing about the injury is that eventually the pain went away. I do still freeze when I get an occasional twinge in the area of the back injury. Truthfully I'm terrified of being immobile again, and therefore totally dependent on others....more
My name is Hannah. I'm 25 (just shy of 26), a college graduate, full time employeed in a managerial type job, happy boyfriend of almost 2 years... and a victim of life. Yes, I said it, I'm a victim of life. Or that's what I have been thinking for the past 3 or so years. It really hurts to say that. I'm the girl that bemoans the fact that I've gained 15 pounds while eating a candy bar, the girl that cries when her boyfriend isn't perfect (even though he is!!!), I'm the girl that hates my job while not doing anything to change it....more
Another blogger posted something on Facebook, and it struck me. I was busy at the time, and when I went back to try and find the status update, it was lost in a stream of back to school pictures, pets, and the occasional gripe about the weather. I'm pretty sure this is almost kind of near exactly what it said:
Want a slice of humble pie? Do a search on your blog for the phrase 'thank you for writing this'. If nothing comes up, well...
Gratitude can change your life. Having a positive attitude and being thankful even the smallest things in our lives can lead to a trickle effect of health, social, mental and emotional benefits. I recently came across an article discussing the different benefits of gratitude in our daily lives - both personal AND professional. ...more
It's good to stop, sometimes, and take a quick inventory of the things in your life for which you're grateful at that moment in time. In no particular order, here is my own gratitude list for this moment in time.
Travel plans in place - yay! - for a long-awaited visit to spend time with my family in Victoria. So looking forward to reconnecting in person after what will be by that time more than two years.
My fun, talented, beautiful, supportive group of girlfriends here in Windsor. Finding them was true serendipity!