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Practice Gratitude

Happy people count their blessings. Instead of coming from a place of what they don’t have, happy people come from a place of what they do have. Life is good, we just need to see it. Life is complex and beautiful and complicated and wonderful. It isn’t just about saying thank you, is also about appreciating the beauty in our world. Enjoy simple pleasures and express gratitude daily. Even better if you can do it throughout the day.

When I am faced with life’s challenges, I try to remember that I am going to learn something from the experience. I now welcome the challenges – when they are over, I come out a stronger and more in touch with myself. I always gain so much, even when it feels bad or painful when I am going through it. One thing that I have tried to do is reframe how I think about negative situations. For instance, it is raining on a day when you had plans to go for a hike. You can look at it like, “yes, I would have loved to go hiking today, but instead, I can get together for tea with a friend and catch up.” There is always a positive to every negative.

How can you practice gratitude? It is very simple. You simply find the good in life and say thanks. If you need a more concrete exercise, keep a gratitude journal, write a list of 5 things you are grateful for every day, give compliments, go to bed each night with a grateful thought, take a walk and take in your surroundings, engage your senses. There are so many simple ways to practice gratitude.

Today, I want you to find at least one thing to be grateful for. Write it down and put it some place where you will see it all day. Let it be a reminder for you to say thanks throughout the day.

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  1. Cathy

    October 17th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Hi Bree! This is “Baby Bridget”‘s Mom 🙂 I have been reading your series here and boy did I need it!!! What a blessing this has been to me. I don’t know about you but as I get older and we add more and more locations to our “lived there” list, I find it harder and harder to even want to try to start over and make new friends knowing that I will have to say goodbye yet again in just a year or two. You have great wisdom in saying that we do come out stronger but boy does it seem impossible when the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be a train! Thank you for the huge reminder that the way I frame it makes all the difference. I’ve heard people rave about Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, have you read it? There is still much talk about Ava in this house and her super nice mom who makes “the best treats EVER!” I am so glad that you are so fully becoming a woman who loves her life and herself!

  2. Bree

    October 18th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Hello!! I am so happy that you are enjoying this series. I have loved doing it. Yes, it does get harder as we get older, but I think that it is more important now more than ever. How are the all of the kids? We miss Natalie! Our friend Andrew is in her class. Small world, isn’t it? Baby Bridget probably isn’t so much of a baby anymore. Hope that you are all doing well. Tell Natalie that Ava says hello. xoxo.

    P.S. I need to get that book. So many people have mentioned since I started this series.

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