The practice of gratitude is a powerful thing.
Gratitude is defined noun – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return the kindness.
For a while, I found myself stuck in addiction, slight depression, and constant anxiety. Starting this gratitude practice early on, recovery has made a tremendous impact on my daily mindset. If you are struggling with depression and anxiety or just not in a great place I highly suggest you make a gratitude list, at least once a day. Especially if you are anything like me, and can look past certain things that are definitely blessings in my life. We are surrounded by society telling us we are not enough and this unfortunate, impossibly high standard facade social media tends to push.
I challenge you to write at least 5 things you are grateful for a day, if not more.
This change hasn’t been easy and I still find myself looking for more in situations. I have to pause and take a step back, pray and think of what more can I bring to wherever I am going or needed.
I ask myself these questions constantly:
1. Where can I be of help today?
2. How can I put someone else’s need before mine?
3. Do I need to react to this situation immediately?
4. Will this feeling pass?
In my case, I've stopped chasing this crazy dream of needing things to be perfect in order to be happy. Click To Tweet I’ve found acceptance, compassion and understanding make me happy today and I’ve found to be content and grateful for everything. I’ve been provided while remaining hopeful for what is ahead. Everything falls into place.
The bible even mentions it in, Philippians 4:6-8:
“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”
“Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.” – (Just For Today)
Choose gratitude today and let me know if this practice helps you out as well!! I’m telling you it will be a game changer for you in 2019!!
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