Daily Practice of Gratitude

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Good morning. No. Wait. Are you awake enough to make this a high 5 morning? My husband would say absolutely not and my daughter would roll her eyes. Ha!

Is everyone ready to share the love and support you’ve all become known and appreciated for? This is a chat that’s going to make you feel good and make you want to smile.

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

I recently got a promotion at work and my morning ritual has undergone a makeover. Changes is good, but there is one thing that is a morning non-negotiable, a daily attitude of gratitude. I’ve created a gratitude practice, 5-10 minutes, first thing in the morning before computer, texts, emails and workout. It sets the tone for the day and jump starts my mindset to positive. This very small amount of time has the biggest impact on my day.

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

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 [if you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it]

Feel AND express gratitude as a regular practice and you will see your life is extraordinary.

Today I am grateful for:

  • the #fitfam
  • my husband not totally understanding what he sees as impractical, but supporting me anyway (I know it’s not easy for him)
  • my relationship with my daughter
  • my son’t excitement about starting college this year
  • early mornings
  • fresh blueberries
  • being outside

Next week’s [optional] topic:

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Just when Jess and I thought the topics couldn’t get any better our brainstorming knocks it out of the park.

Get your camera out or grab your smart phone. Next week we’re sharing a day in the life of the #fitfam.


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Didn’t I tell you this chat would make you feel good. Thinking about the things you’re grateful never fails to make you want to smile.

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

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92 Comments

  1. I try to live my life with gratitude every day, even when life gets hard. There is always so much to be grateful for! I’m grateful every day for my family, my health, my husband and my faith. I LOVE that bright blue gratitude journal! I need to find me one of those. 😉

    1. Hi Melanie, I found the journal at Barnes & Noble. Loved the color immediately. Sometimes I think when life is hard is when we need to remember to be grateful the most.

  2. This is so wonderful! Last year I did a 365daysofawesomeness challenge, which was so challenging but SO rewarding! It’s such a great thing to find something wonderful and amazing that you’re grateful for in each and every day!

    1. 365 days? Liz that is so cool. I’m 100% so far from the day I started. Boom!

      1. That’s awesome! Yeah, last year I did the 365daysofawesomeness. This year it’s 365handstand. Woo hoo!

  3. Always good to reflect on things we are thankful for. So funny you say that about your husband because that’s how I feel about my BF too! 🙂 He doesn’t get what I do for a living (I have my own business) or the whole blogging thing but he is supportive no matter what and that is what matters.

    1. Patty, we have so many things to be grateful for. Their support means everything and it makes life so much easier. I have friends who their husband/bf don’t get it and they’re not supportive. It causes a lot of tension and resentment.

  4. Hey girl, Im right behind you. How are you holding up? WHeres your son going? My son is a senior this year, I will be in your shoes this time next year. bittersweet, I dont know, I will probably need medication….lol

    1. Hi Autumn. There’s no way you’re going to be ready so for now just enjoy senior year. Honestly, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We moved him on campus yesterday. We were so busy I was fine but when we were walking to the car to go home without him it hit me. A hard part is the roller coaster of emotions from my baby is moving out to I’m so freaking proud of him that makes me want to cry too. I’m a hot mess haha! One word of advice. Don’t go into his room the day he moves out. I should have tried the meds approach lol He’s going into aeronautical engineering at the University of Cincinnati. We’ll keep in touch for support 🙂

      1. omgee, Im going to be a wreck next year. I just know it. lol Just reading your description and I get teary eyes. Im up for all the advice I can get. aeronautical engineering is very cool! Let me know how it goes for you. Be strong and brave, big hug. Stay in touch and hang in there!

  5. What fills my heart? Just tonight, I was acting silly with my 3.5YO and I stopped, watched her for a minute…and thought to myself: Wow. This being, this precious daughter of mine, is truly awesome. I still can’t believe I have her in my life…her AND her brother! It’s crazy. And awesome.

    1. Love love this Tara. It’s those little moments that make life amazing and far too often we miss them because we’re busy or our mind is somewhere else. Much love xoxo

  6. Your list of what your are grateful for made me smile. And you added blueberries. I love it. I’m grateful for the fitfam for sure. All the support I get from Dave and my family and all the awesome friends I’ve made over the past year in this new part of my adventure called life. But more than anything im grateful I can look ahead and see positive things in my future!

    1. We have so much to be grateful for Sam! Dreaming big and our loved ones. Making you smile fills my heart with joy. Literally 🙂

  7. So much positivity and happiness in this post…LOVE IT! And yes to blueberries…I am surprised I haven’t turned into one yet. Have a great day friend! XOXO

    1. Haha me too! I know the season will end and I’ll still eat blueberries but they wont’ be as good as they have been all summer. It’s the little things 🙂

      A great day to you as well. xoxo

  8. It’s always good to be mindful. I am grateful for my family and our health. Every day.

  9. Read this first thing in the morning and it totally lifted my energy levels. Thanks.

      1. I’ve got 3, but it’s my 9 year old (the middle one) I’d really like to get practising this. I tried yesterday – it’s a start! 🙂

  10. I just found your link up and love it! Thank you so much for hosting! I am personally in a mental revival of sorts where I am focusing on producing more positive thoughts and actions and letting go of negative, non productive thoughts. This post today is right up that alley. Thanks!

    1. Hi Angie. Thank you so much for your kind words. I love how you called your journey a mental revival. Hosting is my pleasure 🙂

  11. Today I’m grateful for actually be able to run 3k. It’s been rough with my injuries and I’m glad that it’s not worse

    1. High 5 Carmy for a 3k. Running is one thing we take for granted until we can’t run due to injury.

  12. This is a wonderful practice and it shows in how you interact with others. I need to start doing this!

    1. Jessica, you made my day. Thank you.

      I’m sure you know it takes time to create a habit but it’s so worth it! Maybe start with 3 days/mornings a week for 1 month? Let me know how it goes.

      Wait. We should do a short daily practice challenge! What do you think?

  13. Congrats on your new promotion!

    Taking time to remind ourselves what we are grateful for is SO important, and I love that you do it at the start of your day! For a few months now my mom and I have been texting one another with three things we are grateful for each day. Today my beautiful city, my legs that carry me through a half marathon, and a new friendship made deserve a gratitude shout out!

    1. Hi Ariana. How are you? I love love that you did that with your mom. Very cool.

  14. I love that you take some time each morning to start the day with some gratitude. Seems like a great way to stay positive and focus on the good. 🙂

  15. I do the same thing in the mornings and just think about how blessed and lucky I am for all that I have and that’s I’m so thankful for everything. My family and friends make me the happiest! 🙂

    1. That is awesome Melanie. Doesn’t it feel great to start the day with a positive mindset?

  16. this is great. I’ve been studying mindfulness as part of my health coaching practice and just received a daily gratitude journal I am so excited to begin using.

  17. It’s always grateful to have a sense of gratitude. I love your list! Sometimes we forget how precious life is and it can be taking from us in the blink of an eye. Taking to time focus on what’s important in life makes you grateful for everything you have. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Taking the time to be grateful is so important. I used to write in a gratitude journal or at least make the family say what they were thankful for before dinner each night but I haven’t been practicing it lately. Need to get back into it!

    1. Hi Annmarie. I love the dinner idea. We do the same thing but only during Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe I need to change that. Thanks.

  19. I fully admit that I don’t take enough time to do this. I think I’m going to start with baby steps and think about it when I go to yoga once a week. That’s a start, right?

    1. Hi Sue, it takes time to create a new habit. Baby steps will get you there. Whatever works right.

  20. This is such a great idea! Last semester, I required my students to spend the first 3-5 minutes of each class period responding to a “Gratitude Prompt”. They weren’t required to share what they wrote, but it helped get them in the right frame of mind for class and helped them to settle down and into our normal groove. I am a psychology professor and there is a decent amount of research showing the benefits to students of keeping a gratitude journal.

    1. Hi Raechel. Before I committed the time to a daily practice I read everything I could find on gratitude. That is a wonderful thing to do with your students.

  21. Amen, Jill! I love early mornings, being outside, precious moments with my family and the quiet of an early morning run. My house looks like the aftermath of a toddler tornado right now but I’m thankful for it. Life is beautiful!

    1. I could hug you Amy! Honest, not in a creepy way. haha I love your energy. Kids growing up won’t wait for us to have a spotless house. The house can wait. Life is truly beautiful.

  22. Yes! Daily gratitude is so important, and I love how you take time for it each morning. A priest at my grad school suggested to all of us busy grad students that we name five things we’re grateful for each day to manage stress. It’s such a simple but incredibly rewarding practice! Also, congratulations on your promotion and your son starting college soon!

    1. Hi Laura and thank you. The positive attitude helps a lot with coping with stress. It’s one of the reasons I continue without question. My son moved on campus today 🙂 Miss him already.

  23. Wonderful words of inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  24. I love the reminders to always be thankful. Thank you for sharing! I pinned the quote by Frederick Keonig as well. Such great reminder. Keep up the good work and enjoy your day!

  25. Beautiful post!
    Its so easy to take things for granted. But like you said, we need to remember to be grateful for everything. No matter how terrible life seams, there is always someone who has it worse, it’s so important to be grateful in life so we don’t take all our blessings for granted.

    1. Thank you Kristy. We miss out on so much joy when we take things for granted. That’s one of the reasons I created this morning ritual.

  26. I love your passion behind this post because it’s so important to express gratitude for everything and anything in life! I keep a gratitude journal that I write in several times a week just to show my thankfulness for every blessing in life. Commenting from The Blogging Elite!

    p.s. Today I’m thankful for:

    Rainy days
    Productivity
    Coffee (because Tuesdays)
    Friendships
    Love

    1. Hi Kiara. It’s so nice to meet you. My passion for this topic is heartfelt. It’s a part of my daily life.

      I love that you’re thankful for productivity. High 5!

  27. You always have such great, positive energy :). Having a wonderful boyfriend, family, friends and I job I enjoy fill my heart with gratefulness and joy.

    1. Thank you Nicole. We have so much to be grateful for. Including blogging friends 🙂

  28. Love this, Jill! Such a great reminder, especially when I get wrapped up in the hustle of life.

    1. Hi Jen. I felt wrapped up in the hustle way too often. That is part of the reason I created this morning ritual.

  29. I had to read this when I saw the title! I’m in the middle of listening to “The Gifts of Imperfection.” Brene Brown is so inspiring and your discussion of gratitude (and that great quote by Koenig) is perfect for me right now. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Heather. Nice to meet you. I’m a long time fan of Brene Brown. She just clicks for me. I love your blog especially the name. Thanks for visiting. I host weekly link ups. Fitness Friday, Dish the Fit and What’s for Dinner menu planning. If you’re ever interested in sharing your posts let me know.

  30. This made me smile! Today is just one of those days where I’m feeling so incredibly thankful for everything.. I’d need 10 notebooks to make a list of everything I’m grateful for – which is a good thing! 🙂

    1. Hi Liz. Making you smile fills my heart with joy. Needing 10 gratitude notebooks is definitely a good thing.

    1. Intentionally starting the day with a positive attitude has helped with a few particularly stressful days at work. Who doesn’t want that 🙂

  31. I love that you start your day off with gratitude. I do the same and it truly does change the course of your day. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Ashley. It took time to make it a daily habit but it was so worth the effort.

  32. What a great way to start the day! I’ve done something like this before going to bed, but I like the idea to start the day off with it!

    1. Hi Julie. I tried both morning and night. Starting my day with positive thoughts just felt right and it really helped with a few particularly stressful days at work.

  33. Love that this is how you start your morning! I need to get into a habit an do that. It’s easy to overlook what we should be grateful for. Right now, I’m thankful for medicine that will hopefully be getting my husband better since he’s been sick for a few days 🙁

    1. Hi Heather. I hope your husband is feeling better. I’m sure you know it takes time to create a habit but it’s so worth it! Maybe start with 3 days/mornings a week for 1 month? Let me know how it goes 🙂

  34. Great reminder to focus on the positive. I’m grateful that I’m feeling better after a loooong migraine knocked me out last week and I’m grateful for 2 more weeks of summer with my kiddos.

    1. Hi Marci. We’re all back at school/work after an awesome summer break. Enjoy your 2 more weeks of summer. I’m sorry to hear about the migraine. I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t had one in a very long time but there was a time when I would have gone to the ER for the excruciating pain.

      So happy you’re feeling better 🙂

  35. Great post and great theme! It only takes a few minutes to show gratitude, reflect on our blessings and be a blessing! Congrats on your promotion 🙂 just an example of positive actions leading to more positive! Good luck with a new school year! As always thank you for being a fantastic hostess! <3 and hugs!

    1. Wendy your coach sounds amazing. I haven’t had very good luck with coaches. Now I am one and from experience I know a lot about what not to do. #FTW

  36. Congrats on your son starting college this year! 😀 That must be so exciting! Loved the theme this week! 😀 It’s so important to remember the things you’re thankful for!

    1. Hi Kierston. The trick is not missing the small stuff worthy of gratitude. We’re truly blessed in this life.

  37. That Brene Brown book, ahhhh SO good — absolutely a MUST read. I also love that quote, Jill and congrats on your promotion! While I don’t always try to list off what I have gratitude for first thing in the morning, I do always try to remind myself throughout the day that I have all the happiness and contentment right now with how things are in the present. The constant desire to seek happiness and contentment externally is just a false promise. I really loved this week’s topic.

    1. You’re so sweet Erin. Changing a mindset to seek happiness from within is life changing. We may have already talked about it but have you read any of the other Brene Brown books? They’re all wonderful.

  38. This is great Jill! I have a son heading to college in 2 days also. I am grateful he is such an interesting kid and always so sweet to me. I am also grateful for a reunion beach trip just taken and all the loved ones there, my health and abilities, rain and watermelon.

    1. Hi Jennifer. My son moved on campus today. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We were so busy I was fine but walking to the car to go home without him and it hit me. The beach trip sounds wonderful.

  39. This made my heart happy 🙂 I haven’t gotten in the habit of setting time aside for this, but what a wonderful idea!

    1. Your happy heart makes me smile. Literally 🙂

      As I’m sure you know it takes time to create a habit but it’s so worth it! Maybe start with 3 days/mornings a week for 1 month? Let me know how it goes 🙂

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