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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

2015 is the Year of Love

I have one goal this year.GoodNotShould
To love myself more.

Nurturing myself to peak performance, rather than pushing myself to peak performance.

In 2014, I pushed myself way too hard and by the end of the year I was totally burnt out, physically and mentally. One day, I cried for a whole yoga class. Just because I was so damned tired.

I spent a lot of time and money with health practitioners trying to put Humpty Gracey back together again. But money won’t fix the problem unless you deal with the source. And the source of the problem was that I pushed myself too hard in my pursuit of perfection. I worked too much on things that weren’t aligned to my passions and purpose and wasted time chasing perfect.

Just to be clear, I am not saying 2014 was a shit year. Far from it. It was amazing! I launched a new business, raised over $15,000 in crowdfunding, ran three half marathons, started a new job, organised several large events, learnt how to meditate, travelled, experienced birthdays, engagements, babies and weddings.

And those are just the ‘noteable’ events. My practice of gratitude meant I appreciated so much more in my daily life than ever before, and I think ultimately this mindset is what kept me going. Even on the hardest of days I was grateful for something, if only the lessons I learnt.

But 2014 was really freaking hard because I made it hard. I said mean things to myself when I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, then pushed myself even harder to achieve more. Read more

Have You Been to the Gratitude Gym Lately?

Working the Gratitude Muscle

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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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Gratitude: The Fountain of Youth

Gratitude: The Fountain of Youth

KennedyLiveWhen you read something about how gratitude can slow the ageing process and turn back the clock, you might be tempted to dismiss it.

But before you do, try a little experiment: Think of a time when you had some trouble in your life. It doesn’t matter what it was, just a time when you needed help, were desperate and unhappy – and someone came to your rescue. Maybe it was financial. Or emotional. Maybe someone gave you some advice, or just did something nice for you when you really needed it. We all have those stories in our lives.

Now, think about that moment when you realised you were saved. The flood of relief and, yes, gratitude, that filled you. Remember how good it felt? How energised and excited you suddenly were, when just moments before you were overcome by stress and anxiety? Remember how that stress and anxiety caused physical symptoms – headaches, muscle aches, sleeplessness, nausea?
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Developing a Habit of Happiness

Happiness Training

Anyone who’s ever run a marathon, or known someone who’s run a marathon, knows that you don’t just wake up one day after spending the previous decade eating snacks and watching TV, leap out of bed, toss on your beat-up old runners and run the course. It takes months and months of training leading up to the big race, even if you’re a fairly accomplished runner already. You have to have a plan – a training schedule, a diet, and intestinal fortitude.

It might surprise people to know that the same can be said for happiness. People sometimes seem to think they can simply will themselves to be happy – that they can just leap out of bed after spending the previous decade depressed and dissatisfied, shake off the doldrums and start tossing genuine smiles around. But you need to train yourself to be happy just like anything else – and the training should be centred on gratitude. Read more