Practice Gratitude

In light of my post on Wednesday to remember to feed our mind, soul and spirit as well as our physical body, I’m focusing on gratitude today.

I’ve mentioned before that taking the time to write down 3 things we’re grateful for every day is an excellent exercise for a more positive outlook and boosts our well being and mood.

2013 was a rough year for us, to say the least.  So many transitions and quite a bit of disappointing news.  So far, 2014 has been full of good things, so I realized I need to take the time to acknowledge that, pause, and be thankful.

Practice Gratitude

I’m thankful for…

* a new town to explore, a house we enjoy, new friends we’re making

* a flexible job at home and a full practice, exceeding my goals for 2013

* the opportunity to spend most of my days with L before she ventures off to kindergarten

* the challenge of parenting a stubborn, sensitive, strong-willed daughter who can use those traits to become a passionate, empathetic, driven woman

* the flutters in my belly, reminding me of answered prayer, new life and hope

* the start of March tomorrow and the hope of spring!

* strong legs that love to run

* a lovely faith community that welcomed us here

* supportive parents and in-laws who modeled the kind of parenting we strive for

* the bubble of passion in my gut that I get to use in my work with my clients

* my husband’s flexible schedule and parental leave that will give him the fall semester off with us!

* shared values… that we strive for simplicity and try not to worry about keeping up with the Joneses… teaching our daughter that we have all we need

 Gratitude turns what we have into enough


Of course, this does not in any way mean we do not have our struggles and challenges. Or that we don’t occasionally want the bigger, shinier toys.   But when I choose to focus on the positive, it allows any comparison, inadequacies or worries to shrink and takes away some of their power.

PS- Play along if you want- and if you choose to do a gratitude post, let me know… I’d love to read it!

How about you- what are you thankful for?



36 thoughts on “Practice Gratitude

  1. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day negativity out there. I just say something the other day that said the “misery index” of the country is super high right now because of the crazy winter weather. Looking at the good in my life is always a good way to appreciate what I have and to snap the funk. Thank you for posting this today!
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  2. I am more grateful for my hardships than for my successes because they have taught me so much about myself and life. I am not sure March will be off to such a great start but I am planning a restful weekend and for that I am grateful!
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  3. Awww, I LOVE this Laura! I will definitely play along and post a Gratitude post as well … need to get my run done first. It’s a very powerful statement and I try to practice this philosophy as well. The “pit of despair” is always waiting to ensnare everyone, it takes mental strength to make sure not to fall into those holes. 🙂 Very nice post!
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  4. You did have a lot of big life changes in 2013, and that can be stressful! Here’s to a wonderful 2014! I love that your husband can stay home for your first few months with the baby; that will be so helpful! I am grateful to have a job, to live in a place where I can run year round, for the rain that we have needed so badly, for a roof over my head and for good friends (even if I don’t see them very often!)
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  5. Lots of great things going on for you and I love that you recognize them. I’ve been making a point of talking about things we are grateful for lately with my kids and yes, it is a mood booster!

    I’m grateful for so much right now, one of those things being the ability to run outside again!
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  6. It is easy to get caught up with trying to keep up with those around you or lose focus on the things that matter most! I was just thinking last night that I wanted to make sure that each night my family goes to bed knowing just how grateful I am of them. Sometimes the week gets so busy and I fail to take that time to just focus on them. I am grateful for them and for the time that I do have with them!
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  7. It is so easy to forget about the little things that I am thankful for like my family, my career and all that has come our way in the past year 🙂
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  8. I think the root of my happiness is from focusing on the good, positive things I do have in my life. Some make think that means that my life is perfect, which of course, it isn’t (whose is?!), but I’ve found wasting my time focusing on the negatives gets me no where.
    Great post and happy weekend! 🙂
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  9. It’s so important to take the time to reflect and be grateful! I love how you did this here. I’m so grateful for the time I get to spend with my kids. I’m also always grateful for my health and that I can RUN! I never take either of those for granted.

  10. As a relatively new reader I don’t know the back story, but I want to say I’m glad you have made it through those challenges and that your year is off to a good start! I like what you say at the end; it’s true that acknowledging our blessings in no way means that we don’t have struggles. In fact, acknowledging our blessings in the middle of our struggles is more powerful than anything.
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  11. Yes! I love this!!! I try to practice this every single day! What you think about, you bring about! So if you realize you are happy, it will bring more of that into your life! When I am injured I write in a journal every day and I do one page of things I am grateful for. It spins perspective and makes you appreciate all your body has done. Thanks for the great post Laura!
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  12. I just spoke with someone who said something like our brains are 5x more receptive to negative emotions/thoughts/impressions than positive and that we really have to work the positive muscles in our brain. I have been trying to practice more gratitude in my life but I have to admit, it’s been hard lately. Hopefully with some sun and warmer weather! But this –> “bubble of passion in my gut” LOVE it and so excited for you.
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  13. What a nice, robust gratitude list. I’ve been trying to practice gratitude daily by jotting down a couple of things I’m thankful for when I write down my workouts. Today, I wrote down that I’m thankful to be able to rest this weekend and having a warm home to rest in.
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  14. I love that your husband can take the fall semester off to be with y’all – that is awesome!!
    Thank you for the reminder to be grateful – I get in ruts and forget how wonderful my life really is. I think I will join you in practicing gratitude!!!

  15. I really love this post! It really makes you think. For whatever reason, it feels easier to list the negative things in my life, but in reality there is so much good. I need to spend some real time thinking about that good and listing it out for myself!

    Thanks for sharing your “good!”
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  16. Gratitude has gotten me through some very dark times–when you have nothing left to do, being grateful is a very powerful vehicle to recenter your thoughts.

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