Many of the books and articles I read about health and happiness promote practicing gratitude as a way to bring more happiness and fulfillment into our lives. The authors often suggest keeping a daily gratitude journal to remind ourselves of all the good things in our lives, instead of always focusing on the bad things or what we think is missing.
I am terrible at expressing gratitude. (Just ask my husband!) I tend to dwell on what I think I lack — material things, accomplishments, physical attributes, etc. — and take for granted everything that I have and have done. So for today, I would like to remind myself of three things I am grateful for right now:
- This beautiful, warm, sunny afternoon.
- My dogs and cat that are spending this beautiful afternoon on the porch with me.
- My good health, and the health of my friends and family — especially my 86 year-old mother. Her heart gave us a bit of a scare last month, but she’s doing great now and is still able to live on her own.
I know I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m quite spoiled, really! And I think that’s true for most of us. Gratitude is another habit that I need to practice every day, like writing, to keep myself focused and positive and moving in the right direction.
So what are you grateful for today?