Practicing Gratitude

Maybe I’ve had my head in the sand, or I’ve been living under a rock – or maybe it’s just that I’ve been “too busy” to notice, but I discovered recently that November is National Gratitude month (read more about it here: National Gratitude Month).

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In honor of National Gratitude Month, and due to the numerous and amazing benefits to having an attitude of gratitude, I am going to try something a bit different. I am going to (try) to use this blog as a gratitude journal for the remaining days of the month.

“Everything in our lives has the ability to improve when we are grateful. Research has shown that gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress and drastically improve our overall level of health and wellbeing.”

My hope is that it will help me to to really reflect upon the people, events, experiences, and things for which I feel gratitude daily – and I’m hopeful that it will help to serve as a source of accountability for me as well. I’m also hoping that this practice will allow me to see the many benefits that research has proven come from a daily focus on and practice of gratitude.

Today I am grateful:

  • That I am able to #CelebrateMonday each week with my awesome colleagues. It challenges me every week to start on a positive note – no matter how deeply I have to dig to do it.
  • That my children are all engaged in activities that bring out the best in them and allow them to form meaningful and lasting relationships, as well as expand their horizons.
  • For my incredible husband – because without him our marriage and family would not be able to successfully (and healthily) survive all of the comings and goings that we survive every single day of the week.

According to Amit Amin, author of the blog Happier Human – What about Happiness?, gratitude makes us happier:

A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent. That’s the same impact as doubling your income!

And I believe it! As I was typing my three items above (and sitting all alone) , I smiled. I felt happy and a sense of satisfaction and pride.

Amin’s blog post identified 31 ways that gratitude makes our lives better – take a moment to read through them!

Until tomorrow…. #NationalGratitudeMonth

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About kskeeters

Grateful wife, adoring mother, dedicated educator, life-long learner. @keriskeeters
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One Response to Practicing Gratitude

  1. susanheins says:

    Keri,
    This is beautiful! I felt happy just reading your post. 😊 Thank you for sharing.

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