Too often, we fail to see the miracles and beauty in our days. When that happens, it becomes harder for us to feel a sense of satisfaction, our awareness is dimmed, and we don’t see that there is so much to celebrate (rather than criticize). But switching our mind to a gentler perspective takes self-awareness and deliberateness. By deciding to see the things we appreciate in our lives, we change our lens. And when we change our lens, we become prepared to celebrate everything around us- from what our body can do to what our relationships offer us. Gratitude, as it turns out, is a cornerstone behavior in achieving a sense of happiness, fulfillment, well-being, and positive acceptance.
The Gratitude Journal gained fame after Oprah Winfrey featured it on her show. The concept, which comes from the Quaker tradition, is to write a gratitude list that celebrates three to five things in your life, no matter how small, each night. By grounding yourself in the things for which you are grateful, you become even more empowered to explore your life’s possibilities and to celebrate what you already have and who you already are.
Today: Write a gratitude list for this day.
1. What are three to five things that really filled you with gladness and appreciation? Why?
2. How can you work a daily sense of gratitude into your days?
3. Does practicing gratitude impact your sense of happiness, wellbeing, acceptance, and/or fulfillment? How?
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