We all know how focusing on the things that we’re grateful for can turn around a negative mood but have you made this a daily practice?
I started my own version of this years ago in the form of The 10/10 Exercise. Each day I write at least ten things for which I’m grateful. I try to write about ten different things each day so the practice doesn’t become a rote exercise and to ensure that I notice more of the wonderful people and things in my life.
After putting myself into a great mood writing about things I’m grateful for, I follow it by writing at least ten things that I want to attract into my life. These can be things I want to accomplish that day or week or bigger picture outcomes that may take longer. By writing these things with my positive energies flowing, they are much more likely to happen.
Today I thought I would share with you some of the many things that have appeared in my gratitude list. I hope these things might spur your imagination, get you to notice things in your own life you might be ignoring and inspire you to create a little more magic in your life. Slow down a little today and see, smell, taste, hear and feel some of the things you’ve been missing. Find inspiration by noticing the infinite beauty in the everyday things all around you.
Be grateful if you have eyes to see these things, a nose to smell them, ears to hear them, a mouth to taste them, hands to touch them and a heart to feel them. And if you don’t have any of these senses, be grateful for the different perspective you have on the world because of it.
The eyelashes of a baby
The smell of a puppy
The rainbow of colors in a sunrise and sunset
The unconditional love of our four-legged friends
The sassy people in our lives who tell us what we really need to hear
The lessons we learn and take to heart from difficult relationships
Understanding the power of our own intuition
A steaming cup of tea
A quiet place to meditate
Seeing the gifts that show up in our life from aligning with our purpose
All that we have already accomplished in our lives
Moving daily with a great yoga practice
Walks in the woods feeling the breeze and listening as it works its way through the trees
The brilliant colors of the leaves in the fall
The bright greens of new buds in the spring
Learning to let go and let our children be their unique selves
The lessons we learn from our children
Cuddling in bed with our wee one’s
A good night’s rest
Learning to embrace a new life
Seeing the results of commitments we’ve made to ourselves
Business and marketing advice from knowledgeable friends
Having money in the bank
Knowing that we are not that annoying, little voice in our heads
Realizing that our big, hairy goals start with a simple action taken today
Knowing that we’re capable of anything that we decide to do
The bold steps we’ve taken in life after overcoming the fears that used to control us
The lessons we learn and the people we become from caring for others
The happiness in our lives and knowing that more happiness is only a decision away
Having an amazing partner who has stuck with us through all of our issues
A beautiful home
The warmth and hypnotic lapping of flames in a fire
Eating lunch on the front porch and enjoying the scenery
The infinite flavors of each bite of delicious, healthy food
The sweet burst of flavor when we bite into a fresh, organic berry
A warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning
Plenty of fresh water
An abundance of tasty foods
All the friends and family who have supported us throughout our lives
Finally getting comfortable in your own skin and living life on your own terms
Knowing that we’re OK just the way we are
Beauty and inspiration are everywhere…
What’s on your gratitude list today?
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