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The practice of Gratitude <3

As the readers may have noticed, I’m a big proponent of the practice of gratitude! Here are three versions of the same sentiment…

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And, here are lines from the author Melodie Beattie that I love very much:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melodie Beattie

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Be grateful…be blessed! <3

‘Tis the season to be grateful :)

2013-11-19 00_34_48-1My theme song is ‘Have a heart that’s grateful’ :)! I talk about gratitude all the time. There was a time I used to buy these red glass hearts in bulk and give them to everyone I knew asking them to carry them on their person all the time, and when they remembered or noticed the hearts, to stop and be grateful for something in their lives, ideally from that very day. Then, the store I used to buy them at stopped ordering them and I had to stop gifting them. But recently, while puttering around in a craft store I found these satiny red hearts…bigger than the glass ones but flatter, and therefore easier to carry and tuck away.

2013-11-19 00_37_20I also bought little organza gift bags to put them in. I’m ready to start giving out ‘Gratitude Hearts’ again! 🙂

Any chance I get, I tell people around me to do the following:

Before going to bed, write down in a notebook, five things you can be grateful for, that happened that very day—things that brought you a feeling of joy, happiness, even relief…or any other positive emotion that lifted you up in any way at all. Call this notebook your ‘Gratitude Journal’. If you wish to write more than five items then go ahead, but the first five must be from this same day. After all, knowing we have reasons to be grateful, creates a feeling of well-being, and gives our hearts a joyous lift.

2013-11-19 00_47_17How this expressing of gratitude works is that it immediately brings us a feeling of relief, relaxes us at a deep level and changes our brain-chemistry by helping release endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormones , which when present in the body act as natural painkillers and provide a sense of comfort, wellness and happiness. This breaks the cycle of depression, and feeling low or run down. Continuing with writing in your ‘Gratitude Journal’ will slowly, but completely, alter how you feel each and every day and happiness will become a habit.

And this is where the fun begins: This sense of well-being will attract more of the same to you, because as we know, like attracts like! WE are the magnets that attracts the good or the bad into our lives. You will see that instead of attracting negative circumstances and events in your life, you will gradually begin to attract those that are a reflection of your relaxed and happy inner state. This may begin with baby-steps, so don’t lose faith! Just keep counting your blessings — there are always blessings to count :)!

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This post is a repeat from November 19, but I think everyone will agree, an excellent and timely repeat 🙂

 

Thanksgiving — Thursday, 28th November

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Unlike the Canadian Thanksgiving which is always on the second Monday of October each year, the American Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November. The difference in date is simply because north of the 49th parallel, in Canada, it is a few degrees colder, affecting the crops and the harvests. In fact if we in Canada waited until the American Thanksgiving, chances are all that we could be grateful for would be buried under several feet of snow ;)!

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The Americans commonly trace the Thanksgiving holiday to a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, in Massachusetts, where the Plymouth settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. The Plymouth settlers, known as the Pilgrims, came to the New World (America) in the ship Mayflower (pictured alongside) in 1620 from England. Its 102 passengers consisted of two core groups – religious separatists from Holland and a largely non-religious settler group from London. They were helped in the early years by the local native-Americans to establish roots.

The US president Abraham Lincoln declared the Thanksgiving Day each year on the last Thursday of November, but President Roosevelt had the fourth Thursday of November passed into law during a year when there were five Thursdays. Essentially, it’s a day to be thankful for all we have. What are YOU thankful for from the past year on this Thanksgiving Day? What are you thankful for TODAY?

 

A grateful heart <3

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My theme song is ‘Have a heart that’s grateful’ :)! I talk about gratitude all the time. There was a time I used to buy these red glass hearts in bulk and give them to everyone I knew asking them to carry them on their person all the time, and when they remembered or noticed the hearts, to stop and be grateful for something in their lives. Then, the store I used to buy them at stopped ordering them and I had to stop gifting them… But recently, while puttering around in a craft store I found these satiny red hearts…bigger than the glass hearts but flatter, so, easier to carry and tuck away.

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I also bought little organza gift bags to put them in. I’m ready to start giving out ‘Gratitude Hearts’ again! 🙂

Any chance I get, I tell people around me to do the following:

Before going to bed, write down in a notebook, five things you can be grateful for, that happened that very day—things that brought you a feeling of joy, happiness, even relief…or any other positive emotion that lifted you up in any way at all. Call this notebook your ‘Gratitude Journal’. If you wish to write more than five items then go ahead, but the first five must be from this same day. After all, knowing we have reasons to be grateful, creates a feeling of well-being, and gives our hearts a joyous lift.

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How this expressing of gratitude works is that it immediately brings us a feeling of relief, relaxes us at a deep level and changes our brain-chemistry by helping release endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormones , which when present in the body act as natural painkillers and provide a sense of comfort, wellness and happiness. This breaks the cycle of depression, and feeling low or run down. Continuing with writing in your ‘Gratitude Journal’ will slowly, but completely, alter how you feel each and every day and happiness will become a habit. And this is where the fun begins: This sense of well-being will attract more of the same to you, because as we know, like attracts like! WE are the magnets that attracts the good or the bad into our lives. You will see that instead of attracting negative circumstances and events in your life, you will gradually begin to attract those that are a reflection of your relaxed and happy inner state. This may begin with baby-steps, so don’t lose faith! Just keep counting your blessings — there are always blessings to count :)!