One of my goals for 2015 is to dedicate more time to this blog! I plan to share a few shorter posts during the week which I hope will serve as inspiration. Every Wednesday, I plan to send out a “moments of Gratitude” post. In the post, I’ll share some of my moments of gratitude from that week in the form of pictures and written descriptions. (As much as I’d love to have a picture, I often don’t think about or don’t want to pull out my phone/camera during these moments. I just try to take a mental picture and soak it in:-))
I’ll also invite you to share what you’re grateful for in your life. It’s an excuse/reason for us all to hit the pause button and take a moment to reflect and to bring awareness to the beauty in our life. Even if you choose not to share publicly, I do hope it inspires you to do this activity on your own, because it can have so many positive benefits!
When we take time to write down what we’re grateful for, we take a simple, yet powerful movement towards self-care and our overall well-being. I mention in an earlier post, that gratitude serves as a protective armor against the negative situations which may occur that day/week. And just like anything else, it becomes easier and more effective with practice. It’s also contagious!
But don’t just take my word for it, according to the book “Gratitude Works: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity”, Robert A. Emmons, PhD, describes his research which found that participants had a 25% increase in happiness after writing down what they were grateful for. As he shares, “something as simple as counting blessings once a week resulted in significant emotional and health benefits.”
He also notes that it’s valuable to be specific in your description. “Being specific is effective for two reasons. First, it helps us avoid gratitude fatigue. The more discrete the elements, the less we will cease to recognize them or take any one of them for granted. Second, specificity encourages us to appreciate the giver’s efforts and recognize more of the details.”
So please join me! Even if you choose to write it down privately for yourself. The purpose of me sharing my moments of gratitude is to help inspire all of us to take time for this practice on a regular basis. And I do hope that it helps you get to know me even better.
So without further ado….My Moments of Gratitude from this week…
This past weekend I was able to celebrate the birthdays of two very dear friends. The celebrations were beautiful reflections of their individual personalities. Had such a great time at both events and really value not only their friendships, but the connections and friendships I’ve made through them. So fun to celebrate with everyone!
Today, I took time to visit with two former co-workers who have become two of my most trusted friends…even though I don’t see them nearly enough! Everyone has a lot going on in their lives right now, so it was nice to sit down for a cup of tea and catch up for a few hours.
My boyfriend is in India for work this week, but he took time out of his travel schedule to send me a good luck video message for an event I was hosting on Sunday. He also sent me a short video of his cab ride to work just so I could get a taste of the city. Just a simple but sweet gesture that I really appreciated. So cool to get a glimpse of the streets of Bangalore.
My event on Sunday was a trial run for my Create a Life You Love Workshop. It was so great to have the support, encouragement and helpful feedback from my friends. I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with them! And it was so energizing and uplifting to listen to each of them share more about themselves. Such cool women!!!
What about you? I hope you’ll take a moment to write down what you’re grateful for this week! And, I would love to hear about it, so please share in the comments below.
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