No matter how much I’d like life to be all rainbows and unicorns it just isn’t most of the time — usually it’s just frustrating and challenging. This is why gratitude is such a powerful way to tap into the good stuff. When I take time to appreciate what I have in my life — from the biggest blessing down to the smallest seemingly insignificant thing — it makes me feel better. It’s as simple as that, really. It short circuits any catastrophising I might be tempted to do 🙂
3 things I am grateful for and inspire myheart to sing
I am deeply grateful for my relationship with my nephew, Noah. He makes everything okay!
I am grateful to Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the internet and to Steve Jobs for founding Apple — these are the two essentials of my working day.
I am grateful for my over-thinky brain. Some days it trips me up, but most of the time it helps me live deeper and wider. I’m learning to view it as a gift.
My tips to practice more gratitude on a daily basis.
Just like you’d exercise a muscle to help it grow stronger, gratitude needs to be practiced regularly, too. During some of the most trying times in my life I’d write a short gratitude list in my journal every night before I went to sleep. Even if I wrote the same five things again and again it helped me to anchor into the feeling that there WAS good in my life, even if I didn’t feel it at the time. Nightly gratitude lists are a wonderful way to finish the day on a positive note and I often find myself jotting down things I want to remember throughout the day, too.
Susannah Conway is the author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart (Skirt! Books). A photographer, writer and teacher, her classes have been enjoyed by thousands of people from over 40 countries around the world. Co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids (Chronicle Books), Susannah helps others reconnect to their true selves, using creativity as the key to open the door. You can read more about her shenanigans on her blog .
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