Further to my post from yesterday – my intention at the start of this new year is to turn around my mindset, and experience more joy in life.
It’s quite widely recommended now to practice more gratitude – and most people would agree it’s a great idea, but it’s actually putting it into practice that becomes a stumbling block.
I know myself I’ve started doing it with good intentions, but after a while it just peters out and I stop doing it.
I’d like to try to focus on it more.
But not just to “list” what makes me grateful, but to truly give thought and thanks to those things.
The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.
I was driving to my favourite coffee shop today, and along the way I was thinking about those things that truly make me happy.
My daily coffee is definitely up there. And it’s not just the “coffee” but the entire experience. I’m grateful for the conversations I have each day with the lovely people at my local Zaraffas (coffee shop). I know them each by name (and vice versa) and every single time I go in I enjoy the friendly chat with them, and getting to know more about them. I always walk away smiling.
And really how could I not be grateful for the white chocolate mocha that I receive at the same time 🙂
I’m grateful for the 2 dogs I am currently dog sitting. It’s certainly been an experience having 4 animals (the 2 dogs, and my 2 inside cats) in my very small house. But it’s also bought so much joy into my life. As I type this I have 2 dogs asleep at my feet, and one cat purring away happily in my lap. You can’t really put a price on that.
Lily the spoodle
I’m especially grateful for my health and fitness. At almost 40 I am the fittest and strongest I have ever been. I am lucky to be able to run, and swim, and do weights, and be active. And I’m lucky that I can (at the moment) still get away with wearing beach clothes.
And lastly – for today – I’m grateful for the small things. Like fresh summer fruit, rainy cool days, my friends, and my faith.
Good days give you happiness and bad days give you wisdom. Both are essential.