“Gratitude” - /ɡratɪtjuːd/ - noun the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Studies have supported the belief that the human nervous system cannot focus on more than one thing at a time, so when you feel grateful you cannot feel stressed or afraid. @drlibby puts it perfectly “Let yourself have what you already have. Even if it’s right in front of you everyday, and you don’t let yourself have it - which means noticing it, taking it in, allowing yourself the pleasure of it - it is never yours. It never becomes part of the ground of goodness on which you can live, and this, the essence of this, forms so much of our foundation of health and energy that isn’t really discussed. If you don’t let yourself have an amazing sunset, a cool evening breeze on your face after a hot day, a majestic view, then what else are you denying yourself? Why not let yourself have what you already have? I have read that when people who are dying are asked what they will miss the most, they say, “The ordinary things. The smell in the air just before the rain. The feeling of my dog’s fur under my hands. My partner’s face. A freshly cut lemon. The night sky”. We have those now. Let yourself have what you already have. It’s what joy is all about and joy gives us an irreplaceable depth of energy”.
Today I am grateful for my amazing, loving family, wonderful friends, for a beautiful sunny day, homegrown lemons that I have been making delicious nourishing drinks with, opportunities that I am being presented with, and for all of you on here who support me.
I keep a pile of thank you cards on my desk so they are always ready to go and I acknowledge what I am grateful for every morning and every night.
What are you grateful for today?