Cultivating the Art of Gratitude

1948142_10152136139979690_983185029_nFrom a young age, my father told me that life wasn’t meant to be easy and boy was he right. Life is like a rollercoaster, the highs are unbelievably high and the lows can be pretty darn rotten.

But one thing life does, is give us opportunities to be grateful for. Whether it’s expressing gratitude for the food you have just eaten, the bonding session with a friend or the chocolate bar you just ate, there is always something to be thankful for.

There was a time in my life, where things just weren’t really clicking for me, I felt lost and wasn’t really sure where I was heading. This was when I pulled my head out of my butt, became pro-active about my situation and decided to buy a notebook, which became my gratitude journal. Every night for months, just before bed, no matter what mood I was in, I would list more than 5 things I was grateful for and while writing it all down and I began to realise how blessed I really was.

What I didn’t know, was not only did I realise how many things every day I had to be grateful for, but by writing all this down, I was re-enforcing more of what was I was grateful for to come into my life. My work life started picking up and I was asked to go on a work trip to New Zealand, a place I had always wanted to visit. I started meeting more people who were on my page who had kind hearts and I booked the ultimate trip to South East Asia with one of my best friends.

Don’t get me wrong, things weren’t all peachy, life was still testing me and giving me lessons to learn and people to learn with, but no matter what was happening in life, I was still grateful. My journal didn’t only reflect everything that I was thankful for, but my Social Media pages are now full things that brought me happiness and gratitude.

The mind is very trainable and once I started this behaviour, it became automatic. Just waking up, healthy with a roof over my head makes me feel very lucky. Every day when I walk to work along the river, I am grateful for not having to spend 3 hours a day on a train. When I get into my office, I am grateful for the cheerful persona of my boss and colleagues.

I am thankful for the night sessions my current flatmate and I have, where we chat about work, travel and life. I am grateful for my family, the friendships I have sustained and for the new people that have come into my life, that just seem to get me.

The list can just go on, but now im going to leave the floor to my readers. I wrote this post so I can pass on this wisdom to others. So if life is getting you a little down right now, just think about everything that is going right and what you have to be grateful for and I’m sure this will help put a smile on your dial…. because life delivers when your already thankful for everything in it .

One thought on “Cultivating the Art of Gratitude

  1. There was never a doubt in my mind that you would be in the right space when the time came. You are smart as well as beautiful in every way xx

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