“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous

 

These days we seem to have a habit of only seeing the negative in everything.
Ask anyone to list the positives they find in their lives and I bet they will struggle. A lot of this could come from our constant reliance on technology and social media.

There is a huge amount of content out there making us feel inadequate.
Only ever seeing the highlights of peoples lives and comparing it to our real life. You know those posts friends put up of their awesome lives, flawless skin and impeccable fashion sense.


Most of which is not in fact real, rather a staged and glorified look into their lives. Furthermore, each of these people are probably just getting on with it as you are yourself. Trudging through the daily grind pretending they have this amazing life, when, like you they are missing something.
Gratitude, up until recently was often overlooked. The importance of being grateful for what we do have, rather than what we want. If we stopped and really thought about what we think will make us happy. We may find in reality it’s not as we see it.

Gratitude; the art of being Grateful

 

Being grateful is something we should all practice regularly. Practising gratitude is a sure-fire way to help retrain our brains to see the positives in life. Making the negatives seem far less important. It helps to build your self-esteem, decrease depression and improves resilience.


Making a habit of practising gratitude daily is the best way to detox from social media expectations. Realizing what is important to you and how rich you are.

If you struggle to think of things to be grateful for here is a list I have come up with over time.

 

50 Reasons to be Grateful

1. Family and friends
2. Your partner
3. Your parents
4. Spending time with our children
5. Clean running water
6. Hot Showers
7. Food on the table
8. Warm clothes in winter
9. Health
10. A warm home to live
11. A job
12. Money to spend on necessities
13. Shoes
14. Affordable healthcare
15. Laughter
16. Sleeping in
17. The weekends
18. Sharing meals with loved ones
19. Vegetable gardens
20. Air conditioning to keep us cool
21. Fires to keep us warm
22. Quiet Coffees
23. Mid-week movie nights
24. Baking with my children
25. Books
26. Puzzles
27. Kindness of others
28. Spring
29. Autumn
30. Sun
31. Snow
32. Good music
33. Bare feet in sand
34. The sun on my face
35. Spiritual Guidance
36. A warm jacket
37. Snuggly Pj’s
38. Happy Healthy children
39. Friends helping out
40. Spending time with friends
41. Equality
42. Technology
43. Facetime/ Skype
44. Flowers
45. Honey Bee’s
46. Being in Nature
47. Chilly Nights
48. Children’s laughter
49. The elderly’s wisdom
50. Love


If you love the idea of the awesome gratitude journal. Awesome ME Inc. has a fantastic range of guided gratitude journals for children, teen and adults This one here is my favourite.