Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Health and Practicing Gratitude

Happy Day people--what's the good news?? Today is unique and will never happen again, so make it great!  

Amanda at Run to the Finish posts a gratitude journal at the end of every blog post. Do you read her stuff? You should, she is really great! It was one of the things that inspired me to start my 30 days of a gratitude post on the Facebook, I am doing it on my personal one for March and will switch to fit this girl for April. 

Either way, it's a great way to force yourself to take stock of your value in life--we all have SOMETHING to be grateful for, and on those days when you can't think of anything, you have to come up with even just the smallest thing for accountability. It works, I swear. 

Being grateful or having gratitude does a ton of great things for your body and mind:  
  • Gratitude helps you cope with and reduce stress
  • It multiplies, the more gratitude you have the more you will see
  • Grateful people take better care of themselves
  • Grateful people engage in healthier activities
  • Gratitude boosts your immune system (!!)
  • Grateful people are more satisfied with their life--we all want that!

HOW to practice gratitude: 

Find a positive spin in every situation-soon none will seem that bad. 

List positive things in your life-- people, jobs, friends things you enjoy. 

List 3 positive things that happened in one day-journal them for 30-60-90 days or a year. 

List your life accomplishments, no matter how small. 

Daily talk to yourself in an affirming and positive way--reflect on what you did well and speak positive about your family's future!

Daily go out of your way to do or say something someone else will be grateful for. 

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Do you keep a gratitude journal, do you thank God for or name off things you are grateful for before you hit the hay?
Marathon training is feeling great, I am really loving having another big race in front of me and moving forward!  


Julie said...

I went through a time in my life where it seemed so hard to find any good and then I started keeping a journal and some days it was so hard to find just three things to write down, but then it started to come. It turned out to be the little things here and there - a bird chirping at my window in the morning. Being able to sit still with a cup of hot coffee before the day began - stuff life that. And then I realized that "stuff like that" IS often where our joy can come from. It's the little things. We have to learn to appreciate them and thank God for them.

Kerri O said...

Lately I've been trying to thank people in my life that I'm grateful for. I do it on twitter and facebook some, lol.

runnergirl training said...

Good post! You are right & I try to have a heart of gratitude, although I know it could use work on some days! ;) Thanks for inspiring!

Lindsey Lu said...

lovely post!

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Mary said...

I have missed one day of my posting, but am back at it tonight! So grateful for being well and able!

April said...

Great reminder! I think sometimes we forget to be thankful. I know I can get in a pattern of praying and asking God to meet my needs but don't take the time to thank Him near enough.
I may add a bit of this to my blog! Thank you, for your inspiration and motivation!
Be blessed!

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