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Gratitude - and Grumpy Moods - Will You Join Me?

By Yvette Vignando - 3rd November 2010

Gratitude is on my mind. Not because I am feeling particularly grateful for one thing but because sometimes an appreciative state of mind can snap me out of a bad mood.

I've read numerous times that we can improve our mental health and perhaps even our physical health simply by making a habit of noting all the things we're grateful for. And I believe it can make a difference. Most nights I ask our Mr 8 what he liked about his day so that he can also go to sleep with thoughts of gratitude and happiness. (Sometimes I forget to ask ...or he's too grumpy and tired to work out what he did during the day, let alone what he liked.)

Last night I thought I'd make Wednesday a day for focusing on the good things in my life and perhaps make a habit of blogging about it. The way my mind works is this - unless I make a commitment to someone else to do something regularly, I happily let myself off the hook. That's why gym memberships work for me. And this morning my intentions were confirmed by reading a post on the blog of the beautiful writer Naomi - she was writing about Hump Day Happiness ('Hump Day' is Wednesday, for the uninitiated).

I don't want to fall off the wagon so by blogging about it, it's just possible I'll make it a habit. It would be so affirming if you would also share something you are grateful for today.

Today I am grateful for:

- the warm air pulsing through the front door and warming up the office

- the native irises growing in the garden that look like white and purple butterflies on stalks

- the leftover marshmallows from Halloween that I had for breakfast dessert

- the health of our children

- the generosity of spirit of people I have spoken to in the last few days

- the luxury of having many choices in my life

- the richness and depth of my friendships: you keep me whole.

And you?

Comments (2)

Kylie Ladd's picture

I am grateful for lovely

I am grateful for lovely friends, in real life and on the web- friends I can share good news with and they rejoice with me, friends who I can be upset with and they emapthise.
I am ALWAYS grateful for sunshine and the restorative powers of the ocean- I am grateful my husband had the guts to take leave and move us up to Broome for the year.
I am grateful for ice cold cider and clean sheets- I am grateful for the look of delight on my son's face when he picked and ate a mango on the way to cricket training.

Lovely blog xxx

ruddygood's picture

Gratitude

Before I comment, you might be interested to know about the hashtag #gratitudelist on Twitter. I've been lax with it for while, but it is a nice way to remind yourself about the attitude of gratitude, especially when you regularly see lots of other wonderful moments captured and shared.

As for me, riding a rollercoaster of emotions the last few weeks, my immediate answer is definitely friends; near and far, old and new, known and 'cyber'. So many lovely people who rally and cheer me, and make me infinitely grateful, too, for the magic of the interwebs that puts just about everybody I care about at my fingertips.

For the senses, my sleeping pooch curled companionably behind me, and the golden light lying across my desk are small treasures I'm grateful for. And shortly, I'm off to pick up my boyo from school, he who daily makes me so grateful that I undertook this journey of motherhood. x

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