Gratitude Challenge. What are you grateful for?
What are you grateful for?
Gratitude is a positive emotion or attitude of acknowledgment.
Many link spirituality and gratitude. Some studies suggest that thinking grateful thoughts, directly benefits us mentally, emotionally and physically. A gratitude journal involves choosing thoughts of appreciation and gratitude on a regular basis. I am starting a gratitude journal, and decided to share it. I will be adding to my gratitude journal weekly, via comments to this post. I would love to hear what makes other people feel gratitude. Sharing feelings of gratitude can give them more value and reading other peoples posts can help provide perspective and inspiration. Leave a comment, and share what makes you feel grateful. Share as often as you like.
Gratitude Journal: Week 1
There are so many little every day things that make me feel gratitude, however I feel like I should start with what the most important things in my life that I am grateful for.
I am grateful for my life.
I believe that life is a miracle, and that life in and of itself is a gift. Life is full of experiences good and bad, and they are all necessary. I know that even the life experiences I wish I never had, brought me to where I am today. I believe that the experiences I have today will lead me to an even better place. So every day, I am grateful for what life throws at me.
I am grateful everyday my kids are at home alive, safe and healthy.
Every time I see or hear of a missing child, my heart breaks and at the same time I am reminded not to take for granted that my children are home safe. There are so many parents that have lost their children or have children that are terminally ill. I will never take my children for granted, even when they are adults.
I am grateful for my health.
The world is full of people living with disabilities and illnesses, I appreciate my health and do my best to maintain it.
I am grateful for my family and friends.
Often we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. When you lose someone you love, you understand this better than you would like. When I feel upset or angry with someone I care about, I remind my self that I would rather have them in my life with all their flaws, than not have them at all.
I am grateful that my brother made it home safely from the war in Iraq.
My “baby” brother was sent to fight for our country and there was absolutely nothing I could do to protect him. I watched the news every day, every second I was near a television, I was watching CNN or Fox news. I was watching to see if his face would appear or if his name would be mentioned, anything to let me know he was okay. When they would list the names of fallen soldiers, I would sit and wait, with the most painful anxiety. I would thank God every time, it wasn’t his name, but feel guilty because I knew that there was another family that was suffering a loss. It was TORTURE!
I am thankful for my husband.
I know I already said I am thankful for my family, but I feel lucky that I found somebody that loves and appreciates me. I am grateful that my husband is such a good father and a true family man.
I am grateful to live in this country.
I know that there are many places in the world that are a great place to live, however I know of many places I would not want to live, especially as a woman. I often wonder what my life might be like if I had been born somewhere else, and it makes me grateful that I was born in America.
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