Friday, October 4, 2013

Practicing Gratitude

I've been on hundreds of self-help sites trying to figure out what I should do for Day 1 of this life-improvement series. One exercise that dozens of blogs suggested was an exercise in gratitude.

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama (Photo credit: Joi)
Grateful people are happy people. I know this. Just look at the Dalai Lama. He's a pretty grateful human being. And happiness shines from his face like glowsticks in the dark. I'm pretty sure I've done a post like this before but taking time to feel gratitude isn't something you should do only on Thanksgiving. A lot happens during those 364 inbetween days. And not all of them will be "good days". But that's why we practice gratitude. It's to help you realize that every day is a good day. Even when Lupus is knocking you down.

5 Things I'm Grateful For

Here is an interesting site on practicing gratitude and all of its benefits from UC Berkeley. If you want to get all science-y, you should click on this link

I've been told that it takes only 5 expressions of gratitude to make changes in your attitude and practiced daily it can cause incredible changes in your mood and will help you be a better person. I'm just going to jump right in with my gratitude and get things started.

  1. I am grateful that I haven't had a bad flare in a long while.
  2. I am grateful for the new addition to our family: Princess the puppy.
  3. I am grateful that my sister and I have been a lot friendlier towards each other.
  4. I am grateful for my friends, who are precious gifts in my life.
  5. I am grateful for my husband for being all-around awesome.
Well now that I've finished, I can say that it has already me feel a bit happier. It's a bit like remembering happy memories. They make you happy when you remember them. That's why they're called happy memories. Duh. 

What are you grateful for? They say you should write down 5 things you are grateful for every night before bed. Do you practice gratefulness in this way or do you have another method? Let me know in the comment area.

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