It’s November! I realize that means we’re all thinking about how much we’re thankful for in our lives. I see so many of my mom friends doing the 30 days of thankfulness through Facebook. It makes me think about how we can improve our #momlife through the daily practice of gratitude. If you’ve done the 30 days of thankfulness, you know what a difference looking at the good in your life can make. Why not do it every day?
I know you’re thinking that practicing gratitude could take a long time, but I promise you that it doesn’t have to. It can take as little as 5 minutes before you go to bed each night. The point is that gratitude is important to our lives so the practice should be fitting to your lifestyle. We’ve talked about my 10-minute practice, changing your life with gratitude, and 8 rules for practicing gratitude. So I know this is a topic we’ve covered. Why so much?
What else does gratitude do for you?
Makes us more self-centered
Increases our energy level
Increases our desire to exercise
Lowers blood pressure
Lowers the risk of major depression
Increases overall happiness
Increases our emotional intelligence
Decreases toxic negative emotions
Helps to create deeper and healthier relationships
What isn’t to love about gratitude? Why not start your practice today? The truth is that your friends will be jealous of your new found freedom from negativity. You’ll find it a struggle to deal with the Eeyore in your life. Now, I love Eeyore as much as the next guy, but you know the friend I’m talking about. The one who never has anything positive to say about life. The one who brings you down. Well, I don’t want you to let them do that anymore. I want you to let your gratitude flag fly high. I want you to be grateful for your life.
Ladies, I’ve been there before. I’ve been the person who could only see the negative. I’ve been a can’t, won’t, everything sucks person. I didn’t like that person very much, and I don’t think you do either. I think you want to look at your child and say things be grateful for them. My guess is that you don’t want to be standing around the kitchen looking at them wondering how many minutes it is til nap time. Okay, I still have those days occasionally, but it’s generally the 15-30 minutes before naptime when he’s just cranky enough to be frustrated by everything. Most days I’m able to look at that sweet smile and remember why I’m so glad to be his mom. Most days I’m able to take 5 seconds to myself before I deal with the epic meltdown because I know there was a moment yesterday that brought joy and light into my world.
When I was living in this space, I wasn’t just negative. I was cranky. I was judgy. Does it really feel good to be all of those things? I don’t think so.
Part of my journey from that person into the positive person I am today was my gratitude practice. It’s a daily practice that takes me no more than 10 minutes. It allows me to look back at my day and see the positive. It allows me to be there for others by empathizing with them and meeting them where they are on their journey. It allows me to be calmer in situations that would have driven me crazy before. I like the new me.
Got any questions? Comments? Success stories? I’m excited to hear from you! Let’s chat down below.
P.S. You can start your journey with 100 Joyful Days for the Millennial Mom!