By definition, gratitude is the quality or feeling of being grateful. It is a characteristic that some people naturally possess and that others can cultivate to greatly influence one’s overall happiness and well-being. According to Psychology Today, “studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially the expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy”. In the spirit of deliberately cultivating gratitude, I plan to start the week with a gratitude list and I invite you to join me.
Make Your Gratitude List
That’s right, grab a piece of paper and pen and take the next minute to make a list of the all the things in the past 24 hours that you are grateful for. Seriously, don’t spend more than one minute doing this and don’t over think or judge yourself for something that you think is silly. This exercise is simply to retrain your brain to recognize the daily blessings and the positive things and moments in your life.
Writer and motivational speaker, William Arthur Ward, once said, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” Let’s kick off this week with intention and gratitude and see how our overall happiness and well-being is positively affected.
Happy 1st Saturday of the year lovelies! I hope that it has been a good one thus far. Hopefully you have had a chance get your Bingo Style Money Sheet and have crossed off your first box. This morning, I am live blogging to you about a “vision in the making”. With PJs on and a laptop in the bed, I have decided it is time to get my vision board together. Instead of doing one large board, I have decided to break mine down into six categories and refine my focus in those areas of my life- Danielle Y. Boler as a Brand, Vocation, Health, Personal Relationships, Social, and Wealth. I will have them printed and I plan to frame them in my office, closet, and in my day planner. This morning I am focusing on being mentally, spiritually, and physically Healthy. This photo below is just a glimpse of what I am thinking and positively projecting for this year and beyond:
For me, this photo is a reminder to be more conscience of what I’m putting into my body. Be knowledgeable about where my food is coming from, but most important to remember that you are what you eat. That being said, I resolve to not be cheap, easy, fast, or fake!
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