I am not sure how many common interests my Nana and Oprah have. One thing they both believe in is gratitude. I recently discovered that Oprah keeps a gratitude journal, and has done so everyday for sixteen years. She said it is has been one of the most important things she has ever done stating “Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never, ever have enough”. Oprah’s discussion triggered memories of my Nana; she was always saying “count your blessings”.
I am certainly not as diligent as Oprah however I have at times kept a gratitude log as a place to “count my blessings”. The simple act of taking time to note down what is good always makes me feel significantly better about life. Sometimes I might be appreciative of materialistic things, other times I may be feeling grateful for a sunny day. When you feel grateful for what you have you are focusing your attention on the positives and in turn more of those positives come to you.
Some days it will be easy to find things you are grateful for, possibly other days you may feel you need to look at littler harder. No matter how you are feeling when you start to think about your life you will realise there really is so much to be thankful for.
Here’s my list from a few months back:
I am grateful for:
- Working for myself and being able to take a morning off to have breakfast with my friend
- The 5 cents that I found on the pavement today
- My apartment
- The beautiful sunlight
- Cool technology, awesome iphone apps and Facebook
- Audible so I can listen to Law of Attraction when in my car
- Deepak Chopra 21 day free mediation
- The abundance of money, I always have enough money, the universe sees that I am taken care of
- My juicer
- This laptop
Oprah has been doing it for sixteen years, why not try it for a week, or even just a day.
What are you grateful for right now?