Practicing gratitude consistently has helped me keep life in perspective. As we begin the month of November, it is fitting that I share my thoughts on gratitude. What better opportunity than this month to start your gratitude practice? It will also help you get through the hectic holiday season (because we all know that gift-buying and holiday festivities can get quite intense).
So what is gratitude, exactly? It is the state of being grateful; thankfulness (Webster Dictionary definition).
I first learned of the practice of gratitude from Oprah Winfrey. She always raves about how intentionally practicing gratitude has changed her life. “I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration,” Winfrey said. “You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.”
I decided to try this practice for myself so I picked up “The Five-Minute Journal” and started journaling on a daily basis about what I’m thankful for. Although I don’t use that particular journal anymore (I still journal daily, though), I post a weekly gratitude check-in on Facebook to stay consistent in expressing my thankfulness (and this is a great way to share the practice of gratitude with others).
One of my favorite gratitude quotes is by Zig Ziglar: “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
With that being said, here are some things I’m grateful for:
- My Family: My husband and my mom always have my back and they are my biggest cheerleaders. My children give me the privilege of being a mother, which is a gift I deeply appreciate.
- My Medical Career: It has allowed me to pay off my debt so I can live life on my own terms.
- God’s Love: It’s always comforting to know that a higher power has my back no matter what, and He will never forsake me.
- Coaching/Self-Help Industry: This field has opened my eyes to a new world of possibilities. I appreciate all of my coaches and virtual mentors who have helped make me the woman I am today– a woman who lives life on her own terms.
- My Coaching Practice: I’m my number one client, lol! It is great to be coached and experience a transformation. It is equally rewarding to coach others and witness them experiencing positive life changes. It gives me pleasure to see busy/overwhelmed physicians turn things around and start living the life they envisioned.
- Social Media: It has given me the platform to network, mingle with like-minded people, and share my life journey with those who can resonate with it (shoutout to all the wonderful Facebook groups I’m in!)
- My Kids Teachers: They have been a blessing to my children.
- Affirmations: There’s nothing more uplifting than speaking positive things into your life.
- Self-Care: It is great to know what I need to take care of myself– mind, body, and soul– so that I remain grounded.
- Podcasts: They have taught me more than I can imagine (especially when it comes to financial freedom), and applying what I’ve learned through podcasts have really transformed my life for the better.
- Books: Like podcasts, there is so much life-changing knowledge that I’ve learned just by reading regularly.
There are so many more things to be thankful for, but sharing them all would turn this into a novel!
Enough about me. Do you have a gratitude practice? What are some things you are thankful for today?
As always, self-experimentation is the key to opening up new possibilities in your life. Give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised.
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