Gratitude: a feeling of appreciation.
I have noticed that the Universe loves Gratitude. The more Grateful you are, the more goodies you get”
- Louise Hay
About a year ago, I joined a group on Facebook called the 40 day Gratitude circle which was set up by the wonderful Julie Santiago. The goal is to share something with the others in the group that you are grateful for each day. For the first "40 day practices", I admit that I struggled. I started, I stopped, I didn't make myself do this every day. As some days, it can be painful and tough. Other days it can be very easy. But the tough days are the best ones. Really digging deep, looking around and thinking that am I grateful for today.
But then I did a whole 40 days of sharing with the group on what I was grateful for each day. This is a very powerful emotion to nurture and to develop. Now I see the world so differently. The thought "I am grateful..." goes through my head so many times a day now. I can think this when walking my dog and seeing some new flowers, or reading a story to my son and laughing together or having a tough moment where I feel uncomfortable but feeling grateful that knowing this emotion is both teaching me something and will pass.
To back up my own experience, I will share this article from the NY Times on Gratitude - "cultivating an attitude of gratitude has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others...the ones who kept a gratitude journal reported feeling happier and more optimistic than those in a control group...they also fell asleep more quickly at night, slept longer and woke up feeling more refreshed."
This group has not only helped my develop my practice of gratitude, I have also found a whole community of wonderful people who are honest, vulnerable and so brave. The support and new friendships has been just amazing and has certainly added something so special into my life.
On a journey to live the best sparkling life possible. Brit living in Denmark, mum to two amazing little people, Navy girlfriend, jazz lover, exploring yoga, buddhism and living healthy.