A recent Mindful article suggests that listing what you’re grateful for on a daily basis – even just one thing per day – boosts your happiness and makes you feel good.
If nothing else, it’s thrilling to stop whatever it is you’re doing and spend a moment being grateful for what you have.
Here are five reasons why I’m grateful today:
- There are people who love me. My seven-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter give me big, strong hugs. My boyfriend looks at me with starry eyes and likes to cook dinner. My best friend always makes me laugh, even at times when I feel like crying.
- My family has food. Bottled water, spices, popcorn kernels, bread and oatmeal – I’m grateful for a full kitchen pantry. When I first moved out on my own and began life as a single mom, I had a temporary, full-time job with zero benefits. I bought the bare minimum. I was so grateful each time I went to the grocery store, and I remain grateful to be able to keep our bellies full.
- The sky was blue. It was a long, cold winter, and today’s blue sky was refreshing.
- The bathroom sink drain is unclogged. I used a Zip-It to unclog the bathroom sink this afternoon in under five minutes … all by myself.
- This week’s laundry is finished. Clothes are clean, folded and put away – and it’s only Sunday.
What are you grateful for? It doesn’t have to be an all-inclusive list; mine isn’t. Comment below!