As some of you will already know, in July I realised a dream of mine to return to study. After putting it off for almost two years, I finally took the plunge and enrolled in a course to become a holistic health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. One of the key points they teach is gratitude – that life is better when you recognise what you have, rather than worry about what you don’t.
‘Gratitude turns what we have into enough’ ~ Unknown
Gratitude is something that I’ve dabbled with over the past couple of years – there is always a notebook of some kind on my bedside table with some scribbled notes in there about the things that I was grateful for that day. It’s a practice that whilst not always practiced regularly (let’s face it, we all lead busy lives), is one that does keep drawing me back in. Whilst the entries might not be consistent, I do find that they give me a sense of peace every time I pick up those notebooks to record my daily gratitude entry.
Today, there have been so many signs telling me that I needed to practice gratitude, but do you think I listened to them? Work wasn’t going my way today – I seemed to be fighting fires, rather than having any sense of structure to my day. I was tired and a little crabby and quite honestly didn’t want to be there today. What I now realise that I should have done is upon waking, spent a little time checking in with how I’m feeling, rather than checking out absorbed in emails or scrolling through Facebook.
Do you ever find that your day just gets away from you some days?
I certainly know that feeling – when it happens to me, I can usually pin point it to a couple of specific things:
- I haven’t had enough exercise that day – generally just a quick ten minute stroll around the block will help
- I haven’t eaten enough greens that day – honestly, I can track my moods and tiredness by the lack of greens in my diet
- I haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before – this one is pretty obvious, right?
This week I’ve found myself falling down in all of those categories, but rather than beat myself up about it, I’ve decided to be grateful for where I’m currently at with a new resolve to do better tomorrow.
Feeling gratitude for ourselves and the point at which we are currently at in life is really an important step on the path to happiness. We all have those mean girl days when nothing we do is right (in our minds), but showing a little kindness to ourselves, being grateful for the talents we possess are all both great ways to keep both feet firmly planted on that road to happiness.
Are you interested in starting your own happiness project? I’d really love to hear your thoughts below on this post.
As always, wishing you all the very best.