GRATITUDE IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT
INGREDIENT TO LIVING A
SUCCESSFUL AND FULFILLED LIFE.
About a million years ago (or at least that's what it feels like,) I was watching an early episode of Oprah where she talked about gratitude and keeping a gratitude journal. The idea was that at the end of every day, you wrote down at least five things - big or little - you were grateful for that day. I started one soon after and I found the exercise incredibly helpful. I looked for the good things in my day, in my life. And once I started looking, I found them everywhere. The sad thing is that they were probably always there and either I just never noticed or I took them for granted.
But I recently stopped keeping my gratitude journal. I'm happy to say I'm at the point now where I don't wait until the end of the day to see all the good. A few times a day, every day, I make a point to stop what I'm doing and say "Thank you" to God/Spirit/Universe for this and for that, for small and large things. After that moment, I am usually more peaceful and focused than I was before.
Do you keep a gratitude journal or do you take time throughout your day to say "thanks" to whatever higher power you believe in? If you do, how does it make you feel? If you don't, do you think you'll give it a try?