As I was thinking about thanks-giving and what to write about this evening, I did a quick search for the benefits of a regular gratitude practice, I came across this article by Kim Ridley.
According to psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, the practice of regularly expressing gratitude can contribute significantly to a more positive experience of life: emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
In order to better cultivate a practice of gratitude, Gregg Krech of the ToDo Institute recommends asking the following three questions:
• What have I received today?
• What have I given today?
• What trouble have I caused?
With that in mind, some answers from my day.
What have I received today?
- Lunch. My boss bought me lunch. My choice was almost 1,000 calories, which is why I’m having a martini for dinner 😉
- Confidence. One of my colleges came to me for advice and trusted that I would be able to point her in the right direction.
- Trust. Another of my colleagues came to me and asked me to write a letter of recommendation for her.
- The sunshine. It’s been terribly grey and overcast, which is difficult for me. This morning on the way to work the sun was brilliant in the sky. I turned to my husband and told him it was so incredibly bright. He offered me his sunglasses, but I let myself just soak it up…as bad as it is for my eyes to not be protected from the glare of the sun.
- Support. I posted my Full Moon dream board yesterday and in the last 24 hours I’ve felt so much love in those who are hoping for the fulfillment of my dreams. There is a wide community out there who is directing their intentions towards the fulfillment of my dreams.
- Kindness. Another colleague went out of her way and drove me home tonight. Being a one-vehicle family has its drawbacks, one of which is the long hours inherent in needing to be in two places at one time.
What have I given today:
- Insight. I’d like to think that I offered good advice. I’m never quite sure.
- Gratitude. For the support and the love coming across the world to me.
- Love. Today a few cards went into the mail this morning. I could feel the hurt and need coming across the miles, and I hope that it is of some small comfort when it arrives.
What trouble I have caused:
I’m not entirely sure on this one. I don’t think I got in the middle of anything today. I don’t think I was unkind. I can’t remember hurting someone. I know that perhaps I wasn’t as responsive as I could have been, but I don’t think that in the grand scheme that can be construed as “trouble”.
What about you? What have you received? What have you given? What trouble did you cause? What goodness have you been blessed with today?