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50 Things I Appreciate

50 Things I Appreciate (In no particular order)

Sometimes, it can be hard to get started with gratitude, so I thought I would share 50 things I appreciate – I am sure many of these will apply to you too.

As the habit is developed, you will become grateful for things you might not have previously noticed throughout your day…

“All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We think being unhappy leads people to complain, but complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.”  {Dennis Prager}

  1. Today. Each morning when I wake up, I say thank you for being given a new day to live
  2. Sunshine. I must be solar powered… I get my energy from the sun
  3. Access to fresh, clean water
  4. My family of entrepreneurs
  5. Legs that allow me to run
  6. Making my friends laugh
  7. Finding a new cafe that sells almond milk lattes
  8. Nature. It gives me perspective and a sense of calm
  9. Recycling, ‘cos it feels good
  10. My education and the ability to read Read more

How mindfulness can make running relaxing and easy

Running can be relaxing and easy.
But it comes from the mind not the legs.

StrongHealthyRunI absolutely love running. I love the freedom, me time, fitness, sense of calm and achievement it brings.

I do find it interesting that I can run the same course twice, a few days apart, and one day feels enjoyable, easy and fun, whilst the other day feels tough and I can’t wait for it to be over. Have you ever experienced this with running or another exercise?

So what’s the difference? The hills haven’t grown and your fitness hasn’t really changed in the few days…. which means the cause is your mindset.

Have you ever been in a group training session thinking “this is it, I need a rest, I am at my limit” then the trainer says “come on, 5 more reps or 30 more seconds” and somehow you find it in you to see it through? Yep, mindset again.

Here are a few tips to transform your mindset when running, and make it a more enjoyable experience. Read more

How to overcome another ‘overrated’ New Years Eve

New Years Reflections

On New Years Eve, we spend time reflecting on the past year.

Our minds usually wander to our new years resolutions, which we typically use to gauge how successful the year has been.

For a brief moment we get excited about how awesome the year was going to be with everything we wrote on the list, before we remember we achieved less than half our resolutions, meaning that we feel like a failure. Possibly the reason many of us get so drunk!

In years gone by, this was certainly the case for me. My resolutions list was as long as my arm with vague wishes – a sure-fire way to guarantee disappointment.

This is probably why a lot of people feel New Years Eve is overrated – despite getting dressed up, drinking champagne and watching fireworks, there is a distinct feeling of disappointment in the air which kills the good vibes.

So how do we combat this? The secret is not to become more efficient, multitask or master new ‘life hacks’. It is actually really simple and much more fun…

We need to train our brains to focus on the positive and remember everything we have achieved, loved and been proud of, rather than the things we failed to achieve. Positivity breeds positivity just like negativity breeds negativity.

You can decide 2014 was really disappointing or really AMAZING and either would be true because your thoughts are your truth.

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The Difference Between Gratitude and Giving Up

The Difference Between Gratitude and Giving Up

 

Happy with moreLiving a life of gratitude has many benefits – proven medical and emotional benefits. But many people continue to be doubtful, either because they have never made a conscious effort to truly embrace gratitude as more than just a vague concept but as a lifestyle and core philosophy, or because they have made an unfortunately common mistake of conflating the idea of gratitude with a hopeless resignation and acceptance of their situation.

In other words, some people find themselves in bad life situations, and they hear about gratitude and so they say to themselves: I should be grateful, because it should be worse, and then follow that up with a feeling that being grateful for what they do have means not striving for anything better.

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Have You Been to the Gratitude Gym Lately?

Working the Gratitude Muscle

Buddha

When you speak of gratitude as a constant, not a variable, people usually ‘yes’ you quite a bit, nodding and agreeing ‘absolutely’ with what you’re saying. But in practice it can be very difficult to keep a sense of gratitude foremost in your thoughts as you go through your life, even after learning about how gratitude positively affects every aspect of your life.

There are a few main challenges that can challenge anyone’s sense of gratitude:

• Separating things to be grateful for from life’s disappointments and conflicts isn’t easy – many people find it hard to be grateful for some things when other aspects of life aren’t going so great.
• That healing sense of gratitude often fades under the routine of life – work, emotional conflicts, finances, raising children, etc.

The real problem isn’t with your sense of gratitude or ability to keep it fresh in your mind: It’s in assuming you can go from zero to sixty on the gratitude scale without any work. The real secret is to treat gratitude as a muscle, and work it.

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