Daily Gratitude Practice Maintains Joy

When I first I started writing in this blog my focus was on gratitude. In fact I was doing 100 days of gratitude. I thoroughly enjoyed this practice and found that life was more joyful when I practiced gratitude.

Fast forward to today, a few years later, I still practice gratitude but I got out of the habit of doing it every day. Then I started listening to a an audio book by Brenee Brown, The Power of Vulnerability. In her book she says that people who maintain joy are those who practice gratitude every day.

So, I am back to practicing gratitude everyday. I am incorporating it in with my morning exercises which typically include my Wim Hof breathing exercises, meditation, push-ups, squats, yoga stretches and then some type of aerobic activity to include walking, running cycling…

I can honestly say I have way more to be thankful for than to complain about! So when I find my mind slipping into a dark, lamenting state, I try to catch myself and search within for something for which I am grateful.

Today, I am grateful for

  • Having the opportunity to write in this blog and have currently over 300 readers.
  • I am grateful for my readers!
  • I am grateful for the beautiful weather we have today.
  • I am grateful that our daughter has the opportunity to attend university and is doing well.
  • I am grateful for peace that exists within myself and in our country.
  • I am grateful for my wonderful children.
  • I am grateful for an amazing husband of 26+ years.
  • I am grateful for my mother who will be 85 next month and still lives independently.
  • I am grateful for my health.
  • I am grateful for reliable transportation.
  • I am grateful for our beautiful home, and more importantly shelter.
  • I am grateful for food and water.
  • I am grateful for my life and the opportunity to experience something new everyday!

See how easy it is to express gratitude? All you have to do is look at your surroundings. It might be as simple as a bird’s chirp, or the bus that takes you to your job. It could be the cup you are drinking out of or the drink within the cup.

If you have never expressed gratitude, you might think you don’t have much for which to be grateful, but once you get started with your list, you will find it is hard to stop.

It isn’t just about the material things, although they are nice to have as long as we don’t get too attached to them, it is about the simplest, but most important things…life, breath, love, friendship…

So, what are you grateful for?

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