I don’t think I have been taking gratitude seriously enough. Late Thursday or early Friday I write a blog post listing things that I am grateful for. I am of course grateful for them but they aren’t considered. We read about gratitude being enough, and how gratitude makes us happier, but surely the power of gratitude comes from a more intentional practice of it then a few minutes once a week of last minute rushing.
And, can you believe, that despite having a dream come true of moving to Italy I have been in a rather negative space (related to hoped work not materialising, frustration over how to develop my photography career, etc). How crazy is that?!
In the next year – but really starting now because why wait – I plan on being more focussed in my gratitude. That means reflecting on things in my life that I am grateful for and letting people know when I am grateful for things they have done.
Here are some recent reads on the subject
- Karmomo looks at three ways to practise gratitude: notice, savour and express
- More on savouring gratitude
- habits of grateful people
- gratitude’s role in improving relationships
- scientific advice on keeping a gratitude journal
- a how to of small, specific, genuine (publicly declared) gratitude
- a reminder of gratitude and patience from Bangs and a Bun