Practicing Gratitude

When there is so much debris from a marital nightmare floating around, it is really easy to get stuck in negative thoughts.  When you get stuck in these thoughts, you can spiral into depression really quickly.   On my bad days – I force myself to list at least 3 things that I am grateful for.  Doing this exercise helps shift our perspective away from the negative, it reduces my stress and forces me to be in the moment.  It is a healthy way to break out of an obsessive thought pattern.  For some people it’s the very thing that helps them get out of bed in the morning.

 
Sometimes the list is very basic 
 
– I am grateful I have use of my arms and legs
– I am grateful I have a job
– I am grateful that my parents are both alive and healthy 
 
But even on a good day it is wonderful habit to practice gratefulness.  Here is a list of 20 random things I am grateful for today.
 
I am grateful that there is a Starbucks next to my work
I am grateful I discovered Almond Milk
I am grateful that I can afford a health club membership 
I am grateful that my hair isn’t falling out from stress
I am grateful that no one in my family is incarcerated 
I am grateful that I slept well last night
I am grateful that my skinny jeans fit today
I am grateful that I can go home for Christmas
I am grateful that I heard the song from The Band Perry on the way to work today
I am grateful that my niece asked me to be her confirmation sponsor
I am grateful that I am comfortable expressing my anger 
I am grateful that I don’t have a cold
I am grateful that my A**hole neighbor is out of town
I am grateful that I discovered an amazing therapist
I am grateful that the new ELLE showed up today
I am grateful that I get a 4 day weekend next week
I am grateful that my dad completely recovered from his stroke last month
I am grateful that noise under my car was just a stuck piece of junk
I am grateful that I have friends who want to spend their birthday’s with me
I am grateful that we don’t have to visit any in-laws during the holidays
I am grateful to be married to a wonderful and sober man
I am grateful that I lost count and went over 20 without even trying!

 It’s almost Thanksgiving…what a good time to try starting a gratitude practice.

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