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Daily Practice of Gratitude

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Gratitude (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

A few weeks ago I started a morning ritual that is basically how I spend 15 minutes first thing in the morning before computer, texts, emails and workout. And, I never thought I would say these words about my morning, before coffee. It’s becoming my favorite part of the day.

Be present. Be grateful for the things that make life extraordinary!

One of the things I do as part of my morning ritual is journal. Just a few sentences expressing my thoughts or an idea and adding to an ongoing gratitude list.

Without exception, every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice.
Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Don’t let the little things go unnoticed. Feel AND express gratitude as a regular practice and you will see your life is extraordinary.

Today I am grateful for:

  • my husband not totally understanding what he sees as impractical, but supporting me anyway (I know it’s not easy for him)
  • listening to my daughter laugh and without needing to see her I know her nose is scrunched up
  • early mornings
  • the cool crisp feeling of fall weather
  • juicy and sweet Honey Crisp apples
  • being outside
  • blogging friends

What makes your life extraordinary? What fills your heart with joy?

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  1. Hi Jill, I am a new blog follower and I have to say I love your posts! This one really hits home for me. I was discussing a similar topic with a friend the other day but I really like your idea of a gratitude journal. I might have to give it a shot! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I love this! I haven’t been practicing my thoughts of gratitude lately and have been feeling slightly anxious. Just this morning I realized I haven’t been doing that and coincidentally I come across this post of yours from yesterday. Great post.

    1. Tricia, our paths were meant to cross! Just visited your blog and followed/liked.

      1. Thanks for leaving your social media info, I followed yours as well. Thanks for stopping by too!

    1. A medicine that heals the body, mind and soul! It really is amazing the difference an attitude of gratitude can make.

    1. It’s getting less and less easy to overlook Deborah! Now to work on that being the case when I’m stressed 🙂

  3. perfect post, makes me think of the quote “it is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy” <3

  4. An Attitude of Gratitude! I need to get better about doing this daily. When I start getting stressed out or feeling out of control it’s the first thing that gets tossed to the side. Be present. Great post Jill!

    1. Thanks Renee! It’s ironic that the things I have a tendency to toss out when I’m stressed are the things I need most to help deal with the stress. Sounds crazy now that I say it out loud 🙂

  5. Very nice! When my kids or house or cat or {insert thing here} is driving me a bit crazy, I try to remind myself how lucky I am that they are part of my life.

    1. Amidst the craziness [sometimes] it can be hard to remember! We are very lucky aren’t we 🙂

  6. The only problem is, the first thing that’s going on in my head 1st thing in the morning is.

    “CAN I GO BACK TO SLEEP?”

    1. I can’t wait to get up when I wake up in the morning! My husband thinks it’s crazy 🙂

  7. What a fabulous ritual to do every morning! It is really inspiring that you make time for that and even better that it has made a difference in your life. I need to spend some time doing something similar to this…Thanks for sharing another beautiful quote!

    1. My morning ritual became crucial to dealing with toxic people at work. No longer dealing with the toxicity but my morning routine still works wonders for the mind, body and soul.

  8. I love this idea so much Jill and I can imagine how just taking those few minutes in the morning really helps to set the mood for the day. And Brene Brown – her words are so powerful.

    1. Hi Christine. It became crucial to dealing with toxic people at work! My morning routine works wonders for the mind, body and soul.

  9. Even when life gets hard and challenging… hearing my children LAUGH and SMILE makes me happy and gives me joy. 🙂

  10. Love, love, love this!! I start my day in much the same way – it’s part of my morning meditation. I also try to end the day by reflecting on at least 3 things I’m grateful for before I fall asleep – helps me settle my mind.

  11. Since you are grateful for Honey Crisp apples, I feel the need to say I am too lol. And for granny smith and for lots of jars of my peanut butter. And yes to early mornings. I love my early morning time.

    1. It’s ok to be grateful for really good apples isn’t it? And nut butter too 🙂 Put them together and I’m overflowing with yummy gratitude!

  12. Love this!! Lately, I have this weird anxiety about something bad will happen or somebody close to me will get sick. I need to remind myself to think positive and be grateful for what we have right now and enjoy.

    1. Hopefully the feeling passed without something bad happening. We have so much to be grateful for. I can think of one little girl I’m sure is at the top of your list 🙂

  13. Apples! I haven’t even started on my fill yet. Today I’m grateful for: the rain (enforced rest day), how amazing it is that you can fly roundtrip across the country to see dearest friends for just over a hundred dollars, the book pre-order of one of my favorite children’s series (Garth Nix, Clariel), a quiet house, um.. and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Have a great rest of your week!

  14. What a great morning ritual. A day started with an attitude of gratefulness is almost guaranteed to be a good day.

    1. You’re right! An attitude of gratefulness can help set the tone for the rest of the day.

  15. I love this. I always try to be grateful for what I have (healthy, family, etc) because I know that not everyone is as lucky

  16. My life is filled with joy because of the silly giggles of my kids, their creativity, their sweet hugs and kisses, big hugs from my husband when he returns from travel and so much more!

    1. Love your joy list! If we’re present in the now we realize there is always much more 🙂

  17. Love this. I am more and more becoming a fan of mornings – getting up early, taking it slowly, checking things off the list, enjoying the start to the day. Cool fall mornings, time with my family and besties, getting lost in a run – those things fill my heart with joy.

  18. I definitely have gotten myself in the habit of recognizing the things that I feel gratitude for in my life. I think that blogging really helps me delve into that and express that. Another blogger friend asked recently what makes you happy, and I think that the moments that I am most happy are the moments when I am PRESENT. When I am HERE. NOW.

  19. Oh I love this! Mornings are definitely my happy time because I have some alone time, before the boys wake-up and I’m the first one to see them every morning. It’s absolutely the best part of my day!

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