Well the sun may not be shining as much at the moment, with having what feels like weeks and weeks of rain but today I choose to be thankful for my health, my beautiful children, being able to watch the wind blowing the trees from the warmth of my office, and the dramatic seasons we have in England.
Either you are nodding in agreement right now, or you are shaking your head wondering what I’m so cheery about.
I am of course, practising thankfulness, mindfulness, gratitude or #gratitude or one of the many terms we are now associating with this way of thinking – but really is it worth it?
Well actually – yes, I believe so. Gratitude prompts us to think in the present (being mindful) and allows us to notice our thoughts and feelings. Often we take things for granted, not considering how things make us feel, so by being present in the moment we can understand how they serve us.
When I practise gratitude, I consider my body and how I am lucky that it is healthy and enables me to do so much; I consider my family and how they enrich my life; and I also consider my surroundings, really paying attention to how the environment makes me feel: and usually it makes me calm or can be completely invigorating. It’s amazing when I consider the world through these fresh (grateful) eyes, that it makes me feel more alive and happy.
So for me, if no wonder that gratitude has been associated with being more happy, less depression, better sleep patterns, increased motivation and improved self-esteem amongst others – surely all great reasons to be practising the art of gratitude. And if we consider this alongside the law of attraction, it would seem that if we are actively grateful then we should attract more things to be grateful for, giving us yet another reason why we should count our blessings.
So what are you grateful for today?