“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
– Thornton Wilder
Expressing gratitude opens the heart and, practiced regularly can change the way that brain neurons fire into a more positive patterns. Giving gratitude is an emotion of connected-ness. It reminds us that we are all connected to something greater than ourselves. Gratitude is being thankful, counting your blessings, taking note of simple pleasures. It means living your life as if every thing that comes your way is a blessing. Seeing the details that make up the bigger picture.
I’m a lucky lady…. a wonderful husband, three kiddos, a job I love, friends, adventures…. I try and keep a daily gratitude list, to remind me of all the little things that make my life so special.
If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.
– Meister Eckhart
Begin your own gratitude journal. You can use the printable that I have shared here, or just a scrap of paper, or write it in your journal. Whatever feels right. As you begin to take note of all that you have to be thankful for, spread a little thanks around. Bake some cookies for a neighbour, write a thank you note, take part in acts of pay-it-forward, tell your children you love them a hundred times a day.
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