The more you are thankful, the more you attract things to be thankful for.
Do you wake up each day thankful that the sun is shining or that you can get out of bed and have a day? It might not be a good day, it hopefully won’t be a bad day, and I’m sure it can’t get any worse than it was yesterday. Being able to enjoy the outdoors (you may not be running a charity 5K today; maybe you’re just sitting on the patio reading a book) or meeting up with friends today is a good day in my book.
The benefits of being thankful are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. And gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved only for momentous occasions. You can be thankful for a promotion, but you can also be thankful for a delicious piece of pie.
The best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice new things you’re grateful for every day. Gratitude journaling works because it slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on. Open yourself beyond the great stuff right in front of you. Allowing yourself to see more of the world around you can deeply enhance your gratitude practice. Make a game out of noticing new things each day. (happify.com)
Today’s email from Michael’s had a 50%-off-offer. I think I might pop over there later and look at their variety of books and planners I could use for a gratitude journal.
I’m actually extremely grateful that some things didn’t work out the way I once wanted them to.