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What are you grateful for today?

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I wrote an article about gratitude and actually put it in the menu on my page. It was one of the things my psychologist has me doing to help with mood. A gratitude journal and there is some valid science behind it helping as well. This focusing on 1 to 3 things every day you are thankful for… small or large. Helps you orientate your day. Instead of focusing on all those little negative things that can stick in the mind with so much ease.

So what are you grateful for today?

I went out to visit a friend I had not seen in a little bit since she had moved. And we had a fire at her place. The weather had just finally improved enough for a good fire outside.

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So certainly this weekend I was grateful for good friends and good weather.

The pain with the poor weather has been very frustrating lately, so taking a break to socialize with someone that is important to me means a lot. She has moved so we do not see each other as often. And I do miss our regular going ons quite a bit.

I had not anticipated the weather turning would bring on as much pain as it has. Perhaps I have this realization every year? Likely. I have been told winter is worse for us all, so there is that. The sudden chill in the air did settle into the bones quite well. So some respite from that is a relief.

You can be grateful for the smallest of things to the largest of things. Simple things to complex things.

I was grateful to have a completely relaxing Sunday finishing a book and catching up on some Sherlock Holmes on Netflix today. I do enjoy a good Sunday. A Sunday of doing absolutely, fundamentally nothing. Just relaxation.

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4 comments

  1. I recommend gratitude journals often. It worked for me many years ago when I was alone, bedridden and seriously depressed. It helps you focus on the positive, when you know you have to write 5 things down before you go to sleep, you look for the little things you may not have noticed before or taken for granted. Nowadays, before I go to sleep I think of all the things I am grateful for and say thank you, I don’t need to actually write it down.
    Like you, I can tell you the seasons have changed just by the change in pain and stiffness, plus I find it really difficult to motivate myself to get out of bed in the morning when there is no sun. I find myself getting up later and later in the morning and staying up later at night during the winter months whereas in the spring/summer I can get up with the lark.
    I’m glad you had such a lovely time with your friend. I don’t have Netflix but I recently discovered James Corben’s series A League of Their Own and have been binge watching them, I haven’t laughed so much in years, roaring, tears down the cheeks laughing šŸ˜‚

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      1. It really is worth getting into a routine, fixing a time of day, when you do it, it changes your whole mindset. It’s worth investing in a quality notebook and pen that you enjoy using. I always made sure I bought one with an appealing cover so it instantly lifted my spririts when I came to use it.

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