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The benefits of Gratitude

We are coming towards the end of the year and with the festive season approaching it is a time to reflect about all that is good in our lives.

Its so easy to get caught up buying presents, worrying about one day that is meant to be perfect.  Being the perfect mother, daughter, wife, father, son or brother.   Will Uncle Fred like his socks?  Will mum appreciate that jumper I’ve bought her or return it in the January sales?

This is a good time to step back from stress and worries.

Its the small things in life that matter the most.

That saying “the best things in life are free” is so true.  You cannot buy love, happiness or success.  All of these things come from within.

This weekend I have been doing my usual walking in the forest and I find that a good time to connect with my thoughts.  My life is probably much like other lives.  I have good days and bad days.  I worry about things sometimes and other times ignore what I should be doing and thinking about.  I try my best to do the right thing but sometimes that just isn’t good enough.

But I do know that when I dwell on things that have gone wrong I am unhappy and if I have negative thoughts I feel bad.

When I think about what I am grateful for I feel positive and calm.

William Bloom wrote about the Endorphin Effect from his discovery that what brings people that most happiness are the simple things.  He gave an example of a lady holding her cat on her lap.

Our endorphins are the happy chemicals that we all have within us.  One of the ways to raise our endorphin level is to think about what we are grateful for.

So here are some of the things I feel grateful for:

My family first and foremost – always there for me no matter what
Each one of my children that are so special in their own unique ways and give me so much joy
My mum who is always so supportive of me
My sisters – One who is like my best friend, the other has learning difficulties but helps me to learn patience and understanding
My Friends – solid and dependable, fun and friendly, supportive and kind
Neighbours – watching out for each other and living together in peace and harmony
My work – I love what I do with a passion and feel grateful for the opportunities I have been given
Nature – being part of this wonderful world and being able to connect to a wider universe
Opportunities for learning
Reiki, and the ability to tune into my higher power and divine energies to channel healing
Clients – I feel blessed and honoured to have worked with so many amazing people
Colleagues –  the mutual benefit of networking in a positive way
Living in the UK – having free speech and chance to meet so many wonderful people that live in this land
Universal Love – feeling it, connecting with it and allowing it to flow through me
Conversations with others
Inspiration all around me

I could go on and on – I am grateful for so many things.

What are you grateful for?

Remind yourself each day and be happy!

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