I think it must be this time of year – the smell of Spring in the air, the longer days, the warm sunshine beginning to melt the mountains of snow… this feeling of gratitude washed over me this week, and I feel truly alive and invigorated once again. It put everything into perspective for me, after struggling a bit with anxiety lately. It centered me once again, and I feel calm and optimistic and “well” again, just like that.
Gratitude can really do wonders for your whole day and your whole life, can’t it? It’s truly the only thing that will ever make us happy. And more gratitude just continues to bring more happiness. It can create space in our minds and hearts; it can stop stress and worry and anxiety in its tracks; it can diminish our Ego and elevate our Being.
The practice of gratitude as a key element in living well has been known since the beginning of time; every religion is based on it and almost every philosopher has guided us to it. And yet we still need reminders to keep doing it, unless we make it a habit. It shouldn’t take the advent of Spring or a traumatic event or witnessing someone’s else’s pain to jolt us into being grateful. If we do it mindfully on a daily basis, everything – the world – will open up for us.
There is no right or wrong way to practice gratitude – it may be writing little notes to loved ones, journaling, praying, mindful walks in nature, or simply saying ‘thank-you’ to someone every day. You just need to discover what works for you and make it a habit.
And so I share with you these articles and a few other fun and useful tools and links in the hope that they will help you find a way to cultivate gratitude daily, and make more space to be mindfully aware of all of the wonderful things around you that you have to be grateful for.
1. Last year I wrote about
2. Mindfulness and gratitude go hand-in-hand, and so if you need help being more mindful of things around you to be grateful for, here’s a
3. A dedicated space for meditation and gratefulness can help. Check out
4. Gratitude helps with living more in the present, and this article,
5. This enlightening article on the
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9. This post I wrote a few years back still resonates with me when I think about how