Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Counting Blessings

Last night we watched my favourite Christmas movie, The Polar Express. There are lobsters defrosting for bisque, twinkling lights around the house and a fridge stuffed full of food. We have wine and warmth, the presents are wrapped and none of us has a cold (yet).

There's so much to be thankful for, in my tiny corner of the world, and I'm counting my blessings.

One of the blogs I've stumbled upon recently is called Habitual Gratitude, by Lisa Valentine. Lisa believes in "the active practice of gratitude" and every day she writes about something to be thankful for. What a lovely habit to get into ... and what a great idea for 2015.


5 comments:

  1. Ah, you are so right. Gratitude for something every day. It is the art of seeing, isn't it? The art of life, a bit like visual art really. A happy season to you.

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  2. Thanks so much for the mention! As Elizabeth says, it is about the art of seeing. We can focus on the good and see more of it and get energized. Or we can focus on the frustrations and disappointments and losses and see more of them and lose energy. Life will have both the highs and lows, but habitual gratitude practice is a good lens with which to view myself and surrounding world through. Happy Holidays and embrace the small joys! I encourage you to give daily gratitude practice a try, or weekly. Here's to 2015!

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  3. There's actually been research on the practice of joouraling gratitude, whether it's daily or once a week, that shows it significantly increases a person's happiness.

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  4. Sounds a bit like Pollyanna's "Glad Game". It is hard to think of good things when life throws us sh*t, but there's always something to be glad of and there are always others worse off. Hope 2015 improves for you. x

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  5. I love Lisa Valentine's blog, though admittedly as a realist, I'm not very good at practicing or even finding gratitude. Still, no matter how bad things get, there is usually something to be grateful for. Sometimes you have to dig deep, but there is something... And your corner of the world sounds pretty cozy. I can't believe I haven't seen the Polar Express!

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