Creating a Habit of being Grateful. Day 1

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into  enough and more.   It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude make sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

I tell you from experience gratitude works, when you feel lack, depressed, down, that  life is too much – be grateful for all you have, for we all have a lot, but we never stop to see what we have.  

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The Gratitude Journal  – The way I do it.

Get a nice small A5 note book if you like.   Write 3 to 10 things you are grateful for every single day for 21 day or 3 months  (my preference is 3 months – as that how long it takes me to for a  habit).  

I would suggest you do this activity in the evening – every single day, and you might want to add  an extra session when you are feeling particularly low. 

If you haven’t practiced a gratitude journal it will feel a bit weird for a while and that is why the longer you do it, the better you will feel.

Also, it is okay to repeat the gratitude daily, as it will cement the feeling.

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What to be grateful for

Well,  be grateful for the big things, the medium things, the  small things, the  smallest of small things and see your world become happier and fuller as you appreciate your world.  For we all have more than enough – especially compared to those who have nothing.

Here is my random list of things to be grateful for:

  1. Education – for it allows me to read, write and earn money
  2. A good job that allows me to pay the bills , to have a house, to have food
  3. The ability to cook and feed myself
  4. The ability to clean and keep things clean
  5. Hot water to bathe with and wash the dishes
  6. The ability to drive and having a car
  7. The ability to be flexible
  8.  To my darling mum
  9. To my old boss and old company for taking me back to work on a part time basis even though I haven’t worked for two years.
  10. Grateful for my temperament for being peaceful, and calm after being made redundant after 3 years of part time work, just before covid 19.
  11. Being careful with money and resources.
  12. Making money when the sun shone, and the sense to save money.
  13. Raja Yoga meditation taught by the Brahma Kumaris for teaching me meditation and balance in life.  What is life really about.
  14. My darling mum for taking me to learn Raja Yoga when I was only 10 years old
  15. For me being a simple and easy going person.   For me not wanting to have material wealth,  for me for being strong
  16. For difficulties in life – showing me that I have the strength to overcome
  17. For the hand of the divine shining on me every day
  18. For pen and paper to journal my cares away
  19. For having the guts to be different
  20. For having the courage to live a different life,
  21. for the rare times i get up at 4am to Meditate – and feel the benefit of the quiet world and the love of the divine
  22. For  books written by famous ,inspirational figures on you tube,  for the blogger family
  23. for starting to write my books
  24. for making a little money blogging, hoping to make more.
  25. For me and for my life experience – no matter how hard it has been, for it has made me who I am today and the lessons are valuable.
  26. Goodish health
  27. Determination and motivation
  28. Get up and go
  29. For being a self starter and independent but never dependent
  30. for the ability to research things and for the ability to dare to speak upto doctors when mum was in hospital
  31. For the sun,
  32. for the air
  33. for a bed
  34.  for each and every day
  35. for simplicity
  36. for decluttering
  37. for the ability to pick myself up when I am now
  38. for the ability to garden
  39. to be creative
  40. for family and friends
  41. for a government that cleans our streets
  42. for police that protect us
  43. for most people being law abiding
  44. for decentish neighbours
  45. for common sense
  46. the ability to smile, and make other smile
  47. for the passion to learn and not get overwhelmed
  48. for the guts to get a degree and live away ,  for  being bold in my little way,  for not settling for average,  for going for it and living my dream (not the dream of others living my dream)
  49. for all the tough bosses that made cry
  50. For the tough people in my life
  51. For the courage to smile regardless
  52. For being my best self every day
  53. For journaling
  54. For blogging
  55. For life
  56. For living a full life to my standards and not pressured by peers or society.
  57. For getting on top of paper work.

Well,  I did say random.   I say to you try it for at least 21 day, to 3 months. Write between 3 to 10 things to be grateful for every day and write them out every night and watch your world change.  Yes, you can repeat.

Always be grateful as we have a lot more than some.

So to help you start the habit of gratitude I am going to share 3 of my personal gratitude daily, from now until end of July.

I hope you will take this challenge on and I would love to know how you are finding it.

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  1. Yes, yes, yes, yes. My therapist told me to do it and it made a huge difference. Every night I just write at least one thing, although I usually come up with 2-4. And the rule I created for myself, which I do not break, is that I cannot say “I am grateful for X, except Y ” or “but Y.” No except’s or but’s. Just I am grateful for X, period. Just that little way of changing my thinking changed so much for my outlook when I was really suffering from bad negative thoughts.

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