“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley
One of a few activities that I’ve decided to incorporate into my “Live Unburdened” mantra this year is keeping a gratitude journal. Each morning, I write 3 things that I am grateful for and at the end of the week I write a short (or long) summary of what stood out most to me. It’s been an interesting exercise because I wouldn’t ordinarily think to be grateful for some of the things that I’ve been listing. For example, a cup of warm, Chai tea with extra cinnamon 🙂 OR the scent of sweet orange and rosemary filling my bedroom from my diffuser (which I gifted myself during a great sale at Nordstrom’s!). It’s these small, seemingly insignificant things that make my day more meaningful and pleasurable.
Gratitude is a means of showing appreciation or being thankful, yet it is probably one of the most underrated and underutilized tools that we could benefit from in our lives. I am certainly guilty of not demonstrating enough gratitude…and yes, I actually said that aloud! (I’ve been doing that a lot lately and it’s quite freeing). Acknowledging things and people that we are grateful for is an excellent way to gain perspective about just how valuable life is, regardless of the obvious ups and downs that we all face.
Gratitude opens doors in our relationships, in the workplace, and within ourselves—doors that you didn’t even realize needed opening! Take a moment each day and write 3 things that you are grateful for and watch your perspective on life begin to shift.
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