There is always so much to be thankful for but I think there is something special about this time of year don’t you think? I mean you literally have almost an entire year to look back and reflect on. I am so thankful for Jack and my husband, and this blog. The list of gratitude is deep, but I really want to focus on bringing that “grateful” awareness into my life on the daily.
I think it is super powerful to practice gratitude even in the most stressful of times, and we know that as mothers stresses can sometimes takeover. According to Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. I mean throwing down a verbal gratitude list when your child just jumped off the coffee table and then ate a piece of dog food can’t do any harm. (Real Story)
Another benefit of practicing consistent gratitude is, “Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.” As mothers we can sometimes not recognize the body we see in the mirror after we had children, but that body is ours and it did the most amazing thing possible, it gave life. I always give gratitude for my body moving me effortlessly though my day, and for allowing me to be present and active with my son. Sure, some parts jiggle more than others, but I am grateful to have a strong healthy body.
I want to challenge you to write two gratitude lists, each list must have 10 gratitude items. The first list is going to be a gratitude list for your body, yes you read that right, what about your body are you grateful for?
The second list is gratitude for anything you want. You can have gratitude for your child, wine, sex, whatever you’re into at the moment.
I’d love for you to share them with me whether by email or in the comments below. There is something super powerful about sharing your gratitude it’s contagious.
So as we go into the Thanksgiving holiday and we fill our bellies and I fill my wine glass, let’s all remember what we are truly grateful for.
Till next time!!