"When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."…..
Gratitude is truly one of my favourite virtues and self-help tools. It can free you from a bad mood instantly and allows you to find the beauty in your life, no matter what the circumstances.
I personally suffered from depression when I had chronic fatigue syndrome. My inability to get out of bed and do anything for myself for 8 months was shattering. I had to quit my job, move back home with my parents, I could not wash my own hair, could not prepare meals and at times talking and going to the bathroom were difficult. Everything that I had grown accustomed to and my independence was stripped away from me. During this time I lost sight of who I was as I used to attach my self- worth to my job, my things, my achievements….When this was all taken away from me, I went into a deep spiral of depression, thinking my life was going to be this way forever. It was at this stage that I was desperate and willing to try anything to heal. I starting reading about the art of gratitude and thought I would give it a try. Each evening I would keep a gratitude journal and write down three things I was grateful for that day. I started with, the sunlight on my face, my warm bed during cold nights, an amazing home cooked meal, my family, my dog, sinking my feet into green grass, being alive…..
I realised that despite my limited abilities, I was truly blessed to have love, support and comfort around me each and every day. Just being alive was a gift! Keeping a gratitude journal helped me find light in my darkest hours and showed me what life was truly about...appreciating the small blessings that we all have each and every day. I still keep a gratitude journal to this day when I am feeling stuck or down as it helps me find the beauty in my life at the time.
Practicing gratitude can create an appreciation for life that we never knew we could have and there is now even scientific proof supporting a gratitude practice showing people become more forgiving, loving, and more optimistic about the future and this in turn creates a ripple effect into the body helping prevent illness and disease.
I recently chatted to Grace Hopkins, Founder of the Appreciation Station, which is a repository of handwritten appreciation notes that you can use for yourself or give as a great gratitude gift. It makes for a powerful tool in building positivity and mindfulness. Check out my interview with Grace below…..
What are 3 things you are grateful for today? Share your comments....