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Gratitude changes everything.
I mean…everything. It really does.
Sometimes I try to force it, and it just isn’t happening. Sometimes it sneaks up on me in a moment left vulnerable.
When I am curled up in my favorite blue chair with a flannel blanket on my lap, have dinner cooking on the stove, the Norah Jones Pandora station on the radio and candles lit all around me.
And I just breathe…
Breathe and smile. What more could I possibly need in my life?
Those are the moments that gratitude truly sinks in. That it is more than a feeling, but a knowing deep in your bones. That everything is alright. Or that if it isn’t alright now, it will be.
So on Thanksgiving day, I want to share with you two of my favorite gratitude practices.
The first is a meditation by Tony Robbins called “the Emotional Flood exercise”.
My husband and I recently went to see Tony Robbins speak, as a wedding gift from our dear friend Reema.
We did this exercise amongst 6,000 people and boy, was it powerful.
So take 5 minutes and try this at home. Get cozy, light a candle and open your heart.
The second exercise I found recently through Marie Forleo’s blog. She has a scientifically backed experiment where they asked one group to list out all the things they’re grateful for each night. The other group was asked to write just one thing they’re grateful for, but to think of 5 reasons why you’re grateful for it.
I’m sure you probably guessed it…the group who was asked to write out 5 reasons why they’re grateful for one thing in their life felt happier on a daily basis.
Here’s my list of why I’m so grateful for my husband Peter:
- I’m grateful that Peter brings me hot tea or lemon water in bed almost every morning, and doesn’t mind when I sleep in a little later than him.
- I love that he is so thoughtful and will always make my birthday feel special, or do something sweet just because it’s a random Tuesday.
- He always has fun no matter what we do, and doesn’t mind going out even if it’s just with all my girlfriends. He’s given my friends countless dating advice over the years.
- He’s a great hugger.
- He can’t really cook but he makes a great ‘specialty breakfast’ of waffles with a sunny side up egg on top when I’m not feeling well.
So there ya have it!
In the comments on the blog, let me know, what are you feeling grateful for in your life today?
With so much gratitude,