July 11th, 2016 by Amy Adams

WHAT GRATITUDE MEANS TO ME

Posted by Ann-Maree M

For some time now, I’ve been a fan of keeping a gratitude journal. I’ve been thinking back to when it began and it was around six years ago and marked a major change in direction for me and one that I will treasure forever. blog2

You see at the time I decided to quit my high flying corporate J.O.B and move to the beach. That’s right to move out of the city I loved, to move north to my beachside haven reserved for holidays. Funnily enough this move had been on my bucket list for a while – won’t share how long – as I had a lot of stuff to do between when I decided and when I moved on the decision.

There were other things I chose to make my priority over moving immediately to an idyllic location and that’s what I did. I have no regrets and a whole lot of gratitude for following my heart. Good things came and continue today and I consider myself blessed.

ELECTRIC BLUE

My first gratitude journal was an exercise book that I covered in metallic blue wrapping paper.  Looking back, I have no recollection of where the paper came from and funnily enough it takes me back to the days when we covered our exercise books ready for the new school year…do kids still do that?

STOP START
I got into writing daily for close to a year and then I stopped. Looking back, I know it was because I was making it tricky. Tricky because I was looking for too much to write about, dismissing things instead searching like a miner searching for a gem. No that one’s not big enough and so on.

WHATS UP
There must be something wrong with me. The introduction to journaling was to write ten things each day. I found it challenging and it’s funny for me to look back at what I wrote. Do any of you remember being in class and the teacher says write that out 100 times! Well that’s where I got to, ‘on repeat’. I was going through the motions, mechanical at best. This isn’t it and I stopped.

STARTING OVER
I took a break and started over about two journals ago, almost 2 years. The catalyst for journaling again was when I was introduced to the Master of Destinies program. I printed the online MOD books, bound them and wrote to my heart’s content. This was my turning point and today I write in my gratitude journal every day. Expressing gratitude is part of the ‘Six Daily Activities for Success’ within the Prosperity of Life community. So today I write three things that I’m grateful for at the end of each day. Sometimes I’m compelled to write more just because and if it’s one liner, then that’s great too.
Everything is in balance and perfect, as is.

BEFORE I SLEEP
Keeping a Gratitude Journal has become my evening, ‘before I sleep’ ritual. I love the practice as I snuggle into my bed that I love, to reflect on the day and the things that touched me before lights out. And when I travel more often my journal comes too or I make a note in my phone and then pop it in on my return.
Regardless it’s my ritual.

GET HAPPY
Research suggests that writing in a Gratitude Journal for just a few minutes per day can increase happiness and our overall wellbeing. Happiness brings out the best in us, improving our health, increasing our desire to exercise more, releasing more of those happy endorphins – yes please!
The practice of gratitude is a simple daily activity and a wonderfully rich cycle to be part of.

VALUED AND LOVED
Gratitude improves relationships both personal and professional, because people who are considerate and kind are, understandably more likeable. Those who express their thanks and appreciation for others have better relationships because everyone feels valued and loved.
Who doesn’t love the sound of that!

NO RULES
If you haven’t given journaling a go, then writing in a gratitude journal is a great place to start. Keep it simple, adopting the no rules approach, allowing yourself to express as your authentic self. It’s your gratitude and that’s what matters. If you’ve been thinking about starting, then I dare you to make the move.
I’m hooked!

2 Responses to “WHAT GRATITUDE MEANS TO ME”

  1. chrissy greig says:

    What a beautiful and honest share Ann -Maree. I can remember when I first started our Prosperity of Life Master of Destines curriculum 7 years ago and it was suggested we keep a gratitude journal and write down a list of things we were grateful for. I was in such a deep dark hole then that the only thing I could think of was I was alive. I’m ashamed to admit I also had a mentality of why should I be grateful for what I have after all it was me that worked hard for it. So thank you universe for showing me the Prosperity of Life business opportunity that has allowed me to grow my mind along with my bank account.

  2. Ann-Maree M says:

    Thanks Chrissy. When I moved to the beach I said I was blessed to be living in such a naturally beautiful environment just as you are in a rural setting. That was six years ago this month and so much has continued to shift around me over that time with then becoming part of the Prosperity of Life community. Thank you universe for sending us a sign and a high five to us for taking the action, to a continual unfolding of appreciation.

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