‘I’m grateful for…’ is my new blog series in which I’ll be discussing – you guessed it – the little things in life that I’m grateful for. Some meaty and meaningful stuff, some light but lovely.
We talk about the big bits of life: the ups, the downs. They’re important, of course, but so are the little things that we often take for granted. This week, I taught my class of 8 and 9 year olds about gratitude. We discussed the importance of it, both when going through some kind of hardship and when life is hunky-dory! My work desk is currently covered in colourful A5 sheets of things my children love and are thankful for, and that’s made me smile today. It was a particularly important lesson for me because it has, indeed, been a lesson for me. 6 months ago, gratitude wasn’t really a thing for me. Here’s how I practise it on a day-to-day basis, and why, ultimately, I’m grateful for gratitude.
A little look back at my gratitude journey
I used to think gratitude was all about extremes. If I was feeling really blue, I’d maybe try to ‘look on the bright side’ (which usually came after a big cry and a bar of chocolate, obvs). If I was feeling great, well, I’d possibly consider how good that felt, but to be honest, I was a bit too busy enjoying it to really take note.
Now, with a little nudge from a therapist, some reading, encouragement from my boyfriend and a pressie from my besties, my mindset on gratitude has completely shifted.
Now, I start and end my day with gratitude.
My lovely pals from the UK sent a parcel full of special bits, one of which was the Intelligent Change 5 Minute Journal. Honestly, I love it! Each day starts with an uplifting quote of some kind and then asks for 3 things I’m grateful for.
Then, just before we settle down to sleep, my boyfriend and I discuss 3+ things we’re grateful for from the day too.
Though I’ve never actually written or said this, during those little moments morning and night, I’m grateful for them.
I’m grateful that I’m now in the habit of practising it daily.
I’m grateful for my boyfriend for joining me in doing this.
I’m grateful for my journal, allowing me a place I can look back at to see what I’ve been grateful for each day.
I’m grateful for my friends for sending it to me.
And I’m grateful that I now understand the importance of gratitude itself.
Starting and ending every day – no matter how good or bad it was – with some positivity has been such a life changer for me. This simple thing has really helped me shift from overthinking the bad stuff to looking for something good in everything!
Do you think of what you’re grateful for regularly?
If not, why don’t you try it now? Write down 5 things you’re grateful for today – if you’re happy to, share it in the comments! I hope it puts a smile on your face!