Gratitude Brings….

GOOD morning! Ahhh yes, it is going to be a good day!

I am sore, happy, have a great job, healthy, and in love, what else do you need?! 😉

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Gratitude Brings….

I do not use this space on the Internet to complain, rant, or tell you everything that goes on in life, but I choose to do this. I choose NOT to dwell on the negative as much as I can. (And YES, crappy things happen to me too. I just complain to my husband, pray a lot, and sleep on it. Hah)

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Yes, I will bring up some issues here, and yes I’ve told you many hard things that have come my way, but I do not believe in constantly yammering about what’s ‘wrong’ with life, because there is always so much GOOD with life.

When we dwell on the negative, our thoughts, actions, and even very being starts to become negative. And I want no part in that! Of course I am a realist as well, and I understand that crappy things happen, but a consistent negative outlook on life (you know those people too), makes for a very ugly conversation and/or blog experience, indeed.

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I didn’t used to always think like this, and I complained a lot more than I do now (but I still do my fair share, don’t get me wrong!), but because of this shift, I have experienced some beautiful things.

1. Firstly, I believe having a positive outlook comes from being grateful. Being thankful from the deepest corners of your hearts can change your outlook, for the better!

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Instead of seeing all those issues or problems as huge challenges or obstacles, I like to see them as opportunities for growth, and areas of my life that will help me be my BEST self.

Because honestly, aren’t we all just trying a little harder each day to be the best version we can be of ourselves?!

And this ONE reason, was enough to help me on my road to eventual recovery from my ED and disordered eating habits. Gratitude is a beautiful thing!

2.  Gratitude brings peace within, and peace within makes you unstoppable.

(I heard a boss of mine say this, and it rang true to my ears!)

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I have seen this happen in my own life-when I am more grateful, life gets even better! Truly, it brings such a peace to know that you’re happy with the life you have, instead of worrying about the life you wish you had. And that peace can work miracles!

I think it’s safe to say that I have been more successful and confident in relationships, work, life, and spiritual matters when I am more grateful. I know that expressing gratitude is NOT a thing of the past, and will always be the right thing to do. :)

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3. Being thankful brings positivity to all relationships and will improve humanity and quality of life.

I know that having this thankful mindset helps me to see other people in a better light. I judge them less, I treat myself better, and I am so much more apt to help others out.

Think about it, when you’re in a crappy mood, how excited are you for your best friend’s new job promotion??

Exactly. You’re not.

We’re so much happier and kinder to ourselves and others when we’re grateful, and when we see life as a fabulous place to grow, instead of a nuisance or ‘tough’ thing we must get through.

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And this, my friends, is why I try to focus on things I am grateful for (and end up doing what I love), and have marked Thursdays, Thankful Thursdays :)

Thankful Thursday

  1. I am grateful for a fan that blows on me at night. Feels sooooo good and I sleep like it’s my job. 😉
  2. I am thankful for ice, cold water. I need it COLD, you guys!
  3. I am super grateful for being healthy–no more being sick for me. Woot!

Well, on that note, I am grateful to be awake and ready to go to spin and then swim (I didn’t do it yesterday), then off to work.

Remember, YOU can be grateful for what you already have. Don’t wish your days away, because you’ll never get today back.

Seize the day, and have a FABULOUS one!

What does gratitude bring YOU?? What experiences have YOU had that make YOU thankful for today?? What are YOU most thankful for right now??

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Comments

  1. I love sleeping with a fan!! Jonny doens’t though, boo. I am thankful for amazing friends like you! And like Barbie whose wedding I get to be a part of this weekend! :)

  2. caroline says:

    I am thankful for this post. Exactly what I needed to hear =)

  3. Susanna S. says:

    Thank you for posting about this! I needed to hear this today :)

  4. gratitude DEFINITELY helps bring me a positive outlook and change of perspective in life! i am so thankful that we get to go camping with friends this weekend! :) it will be so fun to have some quality time with them in the beautiful outdoors.

  5. Ashley says:

    This has to be one of my favorite posts ever! Tremendous gratitude to you for starting my days in the right direction! Still miss you around here in the Lou.

  6. what a fabulous post Annette!!! I love your positivity :)

    I need to work on expressing my gratitude and being more positive – could take a few pointers from you! I am so grateful for having a wonderful job tha allows me to support myself, being healthy, and for my awesome friends and family 😀

  7. ahhh girl, i needed this today. i’ve been having a horrible week and I just need to step back and breathe for a moment…your positivity is infectious :)

  8. I love all your posts! It really is inspiring to read such positivity :)

    I’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award and the lovely blog award! 😀
    See here: http://lifelaughfood.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/first-blogger-awards-5/

    x

  9. beautiful post :) I am reading The Magic. With knowing how you live and your mindset you would love it Annette!

  10. Just catching up after my brother’s wedding weekend, and I’ve just gotta say that I LOVE your perspective on so many things, Annette! You have such a beautiful and positive outlook and it inspires ME to be positive as well!
    I especially love #1– I tend to get stressed out when problems arise very easily, but seeing them as opportunities really does help. I mean, stressing about things doesn’t make them go away, but only makes them that much more negative of an experience!

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