The word gratitude has been thrown around a lot lately, partially due to the holidays, but also due to the increasing popularity of the term in personal development blogs and spiritual texts. And it’s easy to see why if you’ve ever experienced the effects of developing a gratitude practice.
From my personal experience, it has been the art of expressing gratitude that has been one of the most influential factors in my growth and happiness.
Perhaps it’s the Cancerian traits in me, but,I’m pretty prone to moodiness. There are times that I have super-highs and times that I have just as equivalent lows.
However, I’ve noticed that whenever I’m actively practicing gratitude, like writing in my journal or just expressing it verbally on a regular daily basis, I find that my highs stay high longer, and my lows become less frequent.
We’ve discussed the power of gratitude before, and I’ve even have gone as far as to say that it is the ONE thing that you can do to instantly get yourself out of rut.
Even big wigs like Marie Forleo (one of my business teachers) made a great video about it this week:
I emailed the LBC community earlier this week to send me 3 things they are grateful for, and the response I received back was overwhelming. So many people had responded back and it felt so good to hear what people were grateful for. I feel that the more gratitude we each can express, the more we can spread that feeling to those around us, and the happier and more positive our communities become.
So, I wanted to share with you the responses we received down below. Then, after you’ve read them, I invite you to begin a gratitude practice if you have not already and to contribute to the list by adding your 3 things you are most grateful for in the comment section at the bottom of this post.
- I am grateful for wonderful friends and family.
- I am grateful for my health.
- I am grateful for having a job I love.
- I am grateful for you Sirena!!!
- My family
- My past relationships
- For another chance to do it right
- The moment when my partner first stirred after the night’s rest and immediately pulled me close
- The day looking beautiful and sunny after a cleansing rain the night before
- The fact that I’m still trying to be a better version of myself, even if it sometimes seems impossible
- My health
- My Husband Tom who is my biggest fan and believes I am capable of changing the world.
- My sister-in-law who is the best addition ever to my family
- I count my blessing everyday and thank the universe everyday for my wellbeing.
- I am greatful my parents are still together.
- I am greatful for the opportunity of higher education.
- I am greatful for external guidence I receive from friends, strangers, and the divine power
- I am grateful that I no longer wake up foggy headed (since I eradicated yeast and dairy from my diet, I feel much better!)
- I am grateful that my loving family is so big and bustling that we have trouble finding a place that is big enough to hold us all for Thanksgiving dinner.
- I am grateful that I am following my dreams and building LeaWagon.com.
- My puppy!
- My apartment!
- My mom, dad, and sister!
- My sewing machine!
- Colombo, Gina, Joey, and Little League (my horse therapists)!
- The opportunity to recover!
- My body! (Even if we don’t always get along).
- I’m grateful to be a mom to be an amazing new son.
- I’m grateful for my supportive family.
- I’m grateful to have the ability to bundle up and head outside for a walk today.
- I am grateful to be able to see a another day.
- I am also grateful my family.
- I am grateful to be in good health.
- My dog who is always thrilled and excited to see me.
- My husband who is the best!
- And lastly, a roast chicken with potatoes carrots and fennel root!!
- I’m grateful for skyping with my honey (who’s on the other end of the world) in the morning, while I had my coffee.
- I’m grateful for my best friend who supports me no matter what and never gets angry or annoyed by little things but instead laughs them off with me.
- And I am also grateful for all the wonderful opportunities in my life, even if this means lots of stressful, long days of work. It’s so worth it.
- I’m grateful to be alive and healthy
- I’m grateful my mom is alive and healthy
- I’m grateful for my job
- This beautiful world
- My good health
- My wonderful family
- I’m on vacation in Mexico! So clearly that is gratitude 1
- 2 is my awesome supportive extended family (special shout out to my sister in law who did the workout with me today)
- 3 is my little fluffy kitties who I miss and who bring me such joy and also enforce good cleaning habits and keeping my apartment picked up. Because they will destroy anything that is not put away! I hope they are not wrecking my place right now.
- General good health
- Kids who challenge me in every way to be a better person
- Having a loyal and supportive husband
- My great dog who is unfailingly loyal and supportive too!
- Friends that understand you perfectly
- A strong body that isn’t broken
- My dog, who I can yell at but understands nothing I say and loves me anyways
A huge thank you to all of the readers who sent in their responses. It felt so good to read them, and I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us.
And here’s a great poster one of my readers Amie sent me that fits in perfectly with our gratitude practice. Thank you!