Want to live a fulfilled life? Make a gratitude list.
Years ago, I attended a Christian event and the guest speaker (I can’t remember his name, sorry) brought up the idea of a gratitude list. He said in order to live a happy, spiritual life, one must be grateful for everything, even the bad stuff. He went on to say that when our focus is on the blessings, we don’t focus on what we don’t have. What a brilliant concept and something I’ve tried to incorporate into my life.
So, with Thanksgiving only two days away, I want you to sit down and make a gratitude list. It can be as long or short as you’d like. Keep it somewhere handy where you can look at it at least once a day. Read it aloud or to yourself. Commit it to memory if possible.
Need an example to get you rolling? Here is my current gratitude list:
I’m grateful to be alive and have a healthy body.
I’m grateful to have the love of my life, MR N, to share all of life’s ups and downs. No matter what happens, he’s my rock and I’m so grateful for his unconditional love.
I’m grateful for the love of my family and friends. They’re the flowers of life and make my day beautiful (most of the time). lol!
I’m grateful for my spiritual life. I feel connected to the world and God.
I’m grateful for my blog/books/social media followers. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I’m grateful to live in a safe neighborhood where I can walk to the store, bank and dining out.
I’m grateful to share my writing with the world.
What’s on your gratitude list? Share one thing on your gratitude list below.
It’s Thanksgiving week in America and I thought we’d talk about what we’re grateful for all week.
I love this infograph and look at it quite a bit, especially when I’m feeling low. Whether I’m feeling tired, sad or jaded, when I switch my thoughts to grateful ones, my outlook changes and the dark clouds lift from my spirit. I’m not saying my dark feelings don’t disappear completely and are replaced by rainbows and fluffy bunnies. What I am saying is when I concentrate on positive things in my life, I can combat the negative feelings.
Let gratitude be your compass and you’ll never get lost.
What are you grateful for? Share in the comments below.
Gratitude is powerful, so powerful that it can change the common into the extraordinary.
As many of you know, I’m a big supporter of being grateful for everything. Every morning I wake up and think to myself how blessed I am. I have a roof over my head, food to eat and the unconditional love of my husband. In reality, that’s all I need to be happy.
It’s Friday so today’s #FRIDAYFEELING is gratitude. Be grateful for all the people and things in your life. Be careful, though, because when you’re grateful your outlook changes from the mundane to unadulterated joy.
What are you grateful for? Share in the comments below.
I like to treat myself. Not only does it make me feel good for all the hard work I’ve done but it makes me grateful for all the wonderful things life has to offer. Mostly, I treat myself with food (hello chocolate), drink or books.
I’m reading this book called Candyfreak by Steve Almond and in it he talks about his obsession with candy. He says it’s his freakdom and he embraces it with every fiber of his being. He says, “You don’t choose your freak; it chooses you.” I totally agree.
Ever since I was little, I’ve loved chocolate and pop/soda. It’s my freakdom and I’ve learned to embrace it full-force. Luckily, I married a fellow chocolate freak (MR N) so we can covet chocolate together. At all times, we each have a stash of chocolate and every day we indulge in a chocolate bar.
With Halloween just a few weeks away, I hope you can treat yourself. You’ve worked hard and deserve a treat. No matter what it is, indulge yourself. It’ll change your perspective and gratitude for all that life has to offer will radiate from you.
What’s your freakdom? What do you indulge in? Share in the comments below.
What if today you were grateful for everything? Yes, even the bad stuff.
Gratitude comes second-nature to me but that wasn’t always the case. Years ago, I was a complainer. I cried every time something bad happened. I thought the world was out to get me and my mantra was basically, woe is me. I railed at God for letting all this bad stuff happen to me. I was so focused on the darkness that I didn’t see the light.
Being grateful is a conscious decision. I choose to find joy in whatever situation I’m in. I choose to look at the positive rather than the negative. I choose to let my path unfold and learning more about myself along the way. I choose to be grateful for everything.
Do I falter? Sure I do. Last month was proof-positive that I get down in the dumps and focus on the negative. Once I realize what I’m doing, I quickly think up a few things I’m grateful for and my perspective shifts back to the positive.
Here’s your task today: be grateful for everything. Be aware of your thoughts and reactions. When you feel yourself slipping back towards the dark side, think of four things/people you’re grateful. Repeat it until your switch back to the Light side. Gratitude is a strong motivator and we need to utilize it to the best of our ability!
“In all my work, I try to say – ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?'” — Maya Angelou
Life, it seems, thrives handing out lemons. Just when you think you’ve done all you can with the sour fruit, another bushel appears.
When life gives you lemons, what do you do?
September has been chockerblockful of lemons for us and just when we think we’ve drank as much lemonade as we can take, a new basket of lemons appears. As MR N said this past weekend, “We’ve bellied up to the lemon serve yourself bar and we keep on making it delicious.” See, we tackle whatever comes our way and deal with it head-on. We used to freak out but no longer. We, instead, ask the bartender for another round.
Life is teaching us a life lesson every time we get a bushel of lemons. It’s not the lemons that matter but how we act and react to the sour fruit. Tired of lemonade? Make up some lemon cookies, lemon muffins or even lemon meringue pies. Be creative and remember that you’re not alone.
Friends make the world a better place and today I want us to thank our friends for always being there.
You have friends who are your best friends, who are there for you no matter what’s going on in their lives. You may not see each other as much as you’d like but when it comes to life’s ups and downs, they’re by your side.
Pick up the phone, text, email, carrier pigeon them a message saying thanks. Let them know how grateful you are for their love and friendship.
For all my dear friends who’ve supported me the past month, THANK YOU! Your kind words uplifted me and I’m so grateful. I love you all!
Psst, happiness is found within through the simple act of gratitude.
I’ve been told by several people throughout the years that happiness is a journey and you’ll be happy when you do ___________ (fill in the blank). Whether it’s finding the right man/woman, marriage, children, house, career, income threshold, I’ll be successful once I do it. I took their advice and was very unhappy. I could’ve saved myself a lot of trouble if I had taken the following to heart:
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
It’s sound advice and a lesson I learned recently. Happiness comes from within and by being grateful for everything (even the bad stuff), peace and contentment flow in my veins. I’m most happy when I’m sitting out on the solarium with my beloved Mr. N, holding hands while watching the trees and birds.
Find your happy place, no matter where it is, and visit it daily. Meditate/Pray over various parts of your life and be grateful. Appreciate everything/everyone in your life and recognize you are truly blessed. Happiness will bloom inside you. I know it sounds corny but it’s true. The simple act of gratitude brings happiness to the forefront of your mind.
Happiness doesn’t come from some adventure (like in Lord of the Rings) but it comes from reminding ourselves what we have already in our lives.
Is your perspective mostly positive, mostly negative or somewhere in between?
As many of you know, I’m mostly positive. I look at life through positively rosy lenses. Sure, life can throw obstacles in my way and I have struggled through more stuff than the average person goes through but when it comes down to brass tacks, I’m blessed.
I have a roof over my head, food to eat, a man who loves me more than anything in the world and am making a difference in the world through my words and actions. Everything else is icing on the cake.
It’s time to get a new perspective, people. Instead of looking at what you don’t have or what you haven’t achieved yet, concentrate on all the blessings in your life. Be grateful for everything and try to see the positive in all circumstances. The hardships you’re enduring are strengthening and molding you into the person you’re going to become. Like a diamond, you need pressure to bring out your brilliance.
Did you wake up this morning with a never-ending list of things to accomplish?
I did and let me tell you, the stress lapped at my feet. I have so much to do that I was uneasy. But then I came across this graphic and it gave me pause. Good thoughts… can they really help? I shrugged and tried it. You know what? The stress left me and I feel ready to take on this mountain of tasks!
People underestimate the power of positive thinking but I’m proof-positive that it works. Good thoughts, no matter what they deal with, are a great way to combat stress. Simply telling yourself, “I am beautiful.” or “I can make it through.” or “I can do this.” makes a huge difference and makes your skin glow. A total win-win!
Go ahead and try it for yourself. You’ll soon see your stress leaving and you’ll feel better instantly. 🙂
We’re massive supporters of vacations and being authentic people, we’re taking a well-deserved summer vacation. Why, you may be asking? Well, for starters, we’re taking our own advice. There’s nothing more valuable than to take time out from your busy life and unplug.
It’s been a very busy and successful year for us so far. We’ve worked harder than we’ve ever done before and honestly, we’re exhausted. We need some solitude (together, of course) and so we’re heading to a five-star resort for 10 blissful days. No devices, no technology, just Mr. N and myself staying in a suite complete with a fireplace nook, a skylight over our bed, a whirlpool in our room, not to mention all the activities on the grounds. As Mr. N says, “I’m ready to be treated like royalty.” Me too!
While we’re away, there will be guest posts as well as the last week of the Christmas in July Fete. Don’t forget to enter the big giveaway:
Looking for ways to attract positive things/people to your life?
Feel grateful for all you have, even the bad stuff.
I know that sounds like a weird concept but it’s totally true. Everything in your life, from the good to the bad, is a blessing. The obstacles are your training ground for what’s to come. Every victory is another feather in your cap. Both the good and the bad shape you into who you are.
So today and every day, give thanks for another day on the Earth and for everything in your life. It’ll attract positive things and people to you, like a magnet. Focus on the positive and the Universe will flock to your sunbeams of Light.
After more than forty years, I’m finally comfortable in my own skin. I look at myself in the mirror and I like what I see. I’m still working on areas but my first thought isn’t to call myself ugly or fat. I’m healthy and so grateful to my body. Without it, I’d be nowhere.
Listen, we all have days when we don’t look or feel our best. But that’s not a reason to put down your body. Your body works hard and you should take care of it. One way to do that is to be kind to it. Give it some love and positive compliments.
Being comfortable in your own skin isn’t selfish or conceited. You’re not boasting; you’re loving yourself. It’s like putting on your favorite pair of jeans… you’re relaxed, cozy and feel good.
Instead of berating yourself for all the things wrong, take comfort in your body and who you are. Self-love is so important to your everyday health and it promotes an inner peace you can’t get anyplace else.
Back in my teen years, I was such a negative person. The Universe was against me, or so I thought, and I complained about anything and everything. It didn’t make me feel better and I truly believe that because I magnified the negative, bad things/people latched onto me.
More than 20 years later, I’m much more positive. I see my world in a brighter light, projecting my blessings instead of the crap that may or may not happen. You know what? I’m much more happier.
When we focus on the positives in our lives, instead of the negatives, we’re happier and healthier. Our perspectives are open to the possibilities and not closed off.
Today, magnify your blessings instead of your disappointments. Be thankful for all in your life, instead of what you don’t have. Your gratitude will have a huge impact, not only on your own personal views but on the world around you.
Our lives are scheduled down to the last second. We’re so busy with work, family, activities, sports, etc. but I’m here with a very important question.
Are you making time for what matters?
This week has been chaotic for me. Between work, our business, household duties and family obligations, I’ve run myself ragged. My feet are swollen, my back aches and I’m exhausted. One thing has gotten me through this week: quality time with MR N. Every night, we sit together on the love seat and watch tv/dvds. I curl up next to him, close my eyes and take deep breaths. I let everything go from the day and just soak up MR N’s love.
No matter what’s going on in your life or how busy you may be, make time for what matters. It may be quality time by yourself, your significant other, your best friend, your pet, your kids; what counts is carving out time to be with that someone.
Make an appointment in your planner and never cancel. Prioritize your time so you can spend precious moments with what matters to you. It’ll be your oasis, trust me.
Make time for what matters… your very life may just depend on it.
Are you surrounded by people who love, motivate and encourage you?
In order to grow as a person, we need a nurturing environment. Think of yourself as a seedling and in order to grow into a productive plant/shrub/tree, you need sun, water and extra nutrients. Without that kind of supportive environment, you’ll wither and die.
When I was younger, I didn’t surround myself with positive, encouraging people. In fact, my so-called friends spewed negativity and brought me down. I couldn’t do anything right and was an embarrassment. It’s no wonder I had a low self-esteem.
It wasn’t until I distanced myself from these downers that I began to bloom. I replaced negative friends with positive buddies and you know what, my whole outlook changed. I started dreaming big dreams and the people around me supported me. In fact, they were my cheerleader squad! I tried a bunch of new things and spread my wings.
We all need a positive support system, a group of peers who’ll love, motivate and encourage us. They’ll hold us up when we falter and be our training wheels when we get back on our bicycle. Their unconditional love uplifts us to reach for the stars and celebrates when we reach success.
So again I ask: are you surrounded by people who love, motivate and encourage you?
If not, maybe it’s time to switch up the people you call your friends.
One of the people who inspires me is my aunt. After going through a bitter divorce, she worked full-time while putting herself through nursing school in the evenings. We call her wild and crazy Aunti and she loves that name. She taught me to live life fully, enjoy every minute and make your own dreams come true.
Do you have a wild and crazy Aunti in your life? Let them inspire you and then pass along that inspiration to others. Life can be difficult and as my Aunti says, “You never know what a person’s really like unless they’re up to their neck in shite.” Our true personality comes out in the most dire circumstances.
Read the quote above and then take a moment to let the people who inspire you know how grateful you are to have them in your life.
St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday so I thought it would be appropriate to feature inspiring quotes by Irish writers all week. Today’s inspiring quote is from Edwin Hubbel Chapin. While he did not live in Ireland, his family descended from Ireland.
Did you know that every action/thought in your life vibrates tenfold in the Universe?
Think about it for a minute. Every kind thought you have, every act of kindness you do, reverberates throughout the Universe creating a chain reaction. The same can be said for negative thoughts and actions. Whoa, that makes you feel very powerful, doesn’t it?
You and I are powerful creatures and with that power comes responsibility. We have the power to change lives for good or evil and our influence is most potent in the lives of our corner of the world. Through smiling and saying a compliment to the person serving us coffee or our co-workers, we’re starting a positive chain reaction. By giving of ourselves, we’re sewing seeds that’ll bloom into gratitude flowers which will spread joy to many.
Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Spread kindness, gratitude and Light today and every day. Help one another and celebrate life. Encourage those who are struggling and rejoice in each other’s triumphs.
“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.” — Jan Schakowsky
How’s your love meter this month? Is it off the charts or dwindling after the high of Valentine’s Day?
Love is something we express every day of the year, not just on special holidays like Valentine’s Day. Love for yourself, your loved ones, love for those fortunate, etc. are all residing in your heart, ready to unleash on the world.
Let me ask you a serious question. Do you love those less fortunate?
As humans, we have a natural ability and need for community. We all want to belong, to be a part of something special, something meaningful. Today, more than ever, we crave community. But what about those less fortunate? Don’t they deserve to belong, too?
I read a disturbing article yesterday talking about how even though the need for food banks is at an all-time high, donations are down severely. We’re big supporters of food banks, both in Canada and America. We talk about how important it is to feed people and how every child deserves to be fed. But we need your help; we can’t do it alone.
This month is commonly known as Love month so I’m begging you to take your love for community and go donate food/clothing/toys/money/time at your local food bank/pantry/shelter. Together, we can help those in need.
Read the quote above and ask yourself, “How can I help?” Then go and do it. Love for the less fortunate is an unconditional love and it truly is an act of charity.