“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”Zig Ziglar
It’s no secret that the past few years have been tough for me. I’ve been open about my counseling and my battle with chronic stress. Through it all, I’ve worked hard to maintain an “attitude of gratitude.”
That’s not say I’ve always actually maintained that attitude, but I tried. More than once, it’s been a struggle to think of anything new to write in my gratitude journal, so I would just write down something I’d written in the past and reflect on that (usually “my husband,” or “my dogs”).
Gratitude is an essential key to living your best life, but it isn’t always easy. With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, gratitude is really on my mind right now. This is what I am grateful for right now, in this moment.
The people who raised me, the people who accept me, the people who love me, and who I love more than anything on this planet. I have a great, big, wonderful family. What more could a person want?
The Best Friends Anyone Could Ask For
My friends are just like family. There are a few beautiful souls who showed up in my life and decided to stick around. These are the people who would drop everything to be there for me, no questions asked. They are the people I would do the same for.
My Sweet Dogs
They light up my life.
My Morning Coffee
I am fortunate enough not only to have basic food and water available to me, but a luxury like coffee and the coconut milk I add to it. If waking up to the smell of a fresh pot of coffee brewing isn’t a blessing, I don’t know what is.
This one is especially near and dear to my heart this year. I had a bit of a health scare this year that has me feeling extra-grateful to have a body in good working condition.
To each and every one of you who takes the time every week, or even just occasionally to read what I have to say, thank you. To those who comment or send me messages to let me know you’ve been reading, thank you for your encouragement. This little project of mine is healing for me in so many ways, but my primary goal is to help others who may be dealing with similar struggles.
I am so grateful that my husband and I both have good jobs. We are fortunate enough to be able to afford our wonderful home, the food we put on the table, medical expenses, and the costs associated with this very website. On top of that, I get to work for and with people who make the day that much more enjoyable, and who are supportive in every way.
The Beautiful Place I Get to Call Home
I love the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, and I love my view of Mt. Rainier on the way into town every day. I love the trees my house is surrounded by and the fresh, mountain air I get to breathe in. My dogs have room to run, and my husband and I have everything we need.
Food on My Dinner Plate
It’s easy to take that dinner plate for granted, but there are so many people on Earth who can’t afford to feed themselves or their families. Those of us who are fortunate enough not to have to wonder where our next meal will come from must also remember to be grateful.
A Reliable Vehicle
Often, I complain about my car. It’s not the greatest car there ever was. But you know what? It gets me where I need to go, and I never have to wonder if it will. It fires right up every morning and cruises right along. That’s all anyone really needs.
My entire life has been busy and stressful, and that’s not an exaggeration. Until recently, it never really bothered me, because it’s all I know. But I think it finally caught up with me. The stress was too much to handle for the past few years and was a primary topic at my counseling sessions, as well as the sole cause of my hormonal imbalance last year.
Anyway, time has freed up now, and I finally have this opportunity to live a lower-stress life. I could not be more grateful for the free time I am currently blessed with.
Good Health Insurance
When someone you love is hospitalized for a year and a half, you start paying attention to things like health insurance. My husband and I are grateful every day for the great health plan we have, and the knowledge that we are well-taken-care of if the worst were to happen to us.
The Little Stuff
Gratitude doesn’t have to be some grand expression of thanks for something HUGE in your life. In fact, so much more often, it’s about stepping back and remembering to be grateful for the seemingly small things in your life, or those that are easily taken for granted.
What is one thing that you are grateful for today?