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Welcome to SPRING!

As we stretch out of the darker season, let’s join together in gratitude. Science has shown that being actively grateful can have tremendous positive effects on our health and well being, and the more we study gratitude, the more benefits we find.

The basic takeaway is very simple: Be thankful to be happy.

 

People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.

 

Being thankful, genuinely grateful for what we have, has an immediate and profound impact on our sense of well being. It even helps increase our financial balances, by making us less inclined to spend.

Grateful people report themselves as being less materialist and less envious. In particular, grateful people report being more willing to part with their possessions, more generous with them, less envious of the material wealth of others, less committed to the idea that material wealth brings happiness. Apparently, material success is not a very important factor in the happiness of highly grateful people.

 

Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.

 

Let’s focus on gratitude this spring, and find balance at the equinox.

 

Want to join in the fun?

Post something you are grateful for and why it matters to you. Start today, and post at least one thing. Aim for one thing a day, but don’t let a missed day stop you from coming back and posting.

Keep track of how many posts you made by number each successive post. We’re going to do this for the coming three weeks, so add the suffix “/21” to each number, so that we can keep it in context.

I’ll post prompts along the way, but listen to your inner voice. People report that the continuity of gratitude and the depth of emotion are the real key to success here. So post away!

At the end of the mini-challenge, we’ll talk about what you noticed, and what these insights have led to, if anything.

 

 

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For me, the seeds of what I'm grateful for often lurk in the things about which I'm complaining. This morning, I was about to be grumpy over the fact that my partner and I have a Very Long Day ahead of us at our respective offices, and then I decided I simply didn't want to feel cranky. I looked at him and said, with great sincerity, I'm grateful that while we have a very long day apart, we have the ability to stay in contact with each other throughout the day." And I meant every word of it. I'm also grateful for the jobs themselves, and for the home that is so inviting that we don't want to leave it.

 

Welcome to an Attitude of Gratitude!

1/21

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I am grateful that I have been able to be an able bodied and independent person all of my life. Learnt that well when I broke my ankle. 

 

1/21

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I'm grateful for the willingness to ask for help and then to accept it. I have been dealing with some vicious issues with my ex concerning visitation arrangements for our six-year-old daughter. I'm grateful that I sought and accepted legal help when this started, so that I now feel I have a team to be part of and that it isn't all up to me or that I have to take being bullied. 2/21

 

Life is good.

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A little late but present nonetheless. I did see this yesterday, but didn't get time to post, so my thought for yesterday would be: I am grateful that the bank staff I spoke with took the time to steer me through everything in detail yesterday, and without patronising me or making me feel stupid. Understanding people make all the difference, especially with such a major process. 1/21

 

And today:

 

I'm grateful to be sleeping somewhere with working heating for the next couple of nights (as it's snowing across the majority of the country). 2/21

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I am grateful for evening walks as the spring takes hold. Even though we had a mild winter in the mid-atlantic region, there's something completely different about things now that it is actually spring. The weather has been cool, calm since our last bit of snow, and I have now had two lovely walks in my neighborhood. Movement hasn't been a priority the past few days, but these walks have put me at ease, and given me a few moments of being disconnected from work and email and all that jazz. 2/21

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@Draegon (Liam P Boyle). Never forget that you are worthwhile. Your happiness is yours and you don't owe anyone any justification for it.

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3 hours ago, JessOfAllTrades said:

I am grateful for evening walks as the spring takes hold. Even though we had a mild winter in the mid-atlantic region, there's something completely different about things now that it is actually spring. The weather has been cool, calm since our last bit of snow, and I have now had two lovely walks in my neighborhood. Movement hasn't been a priority the past few days, but these walks have put me at ease, and given me a few moments of being disconnected from work and email and all that jazz. 2/21

I hear you @JessOfAllTrades! I swear that walking was my literal path back to peace of mind. It still is the most powerful tool in my balanced-life kit!

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6 minutes ago, Draegon (Liam P Boyle) said:

Yes, but my pursuit of the things that I find enjoyable should not increase misery for those around me, which is what seems to be happening.

 

How so?

I know that balance was very difficult for me and for my family, and even for some of my friends.

I had been living my life in a toxic way for so long that others were accustomed to it, and it was genuinely painful for them when I started making decisions differently.

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Today, I'm grateful for a professional job that allows me to take time off to spend with my daughter on days she doesn't have school. This is a blessing, one which can't be caught up on later if it's missed at the first offering. I'm also super grateful for a supportive partner when my ex freaks out and gets all control-freak on everything. Having a community of calm helps me stay sane and reasonable, or at least as close to it as I can get in that moment of chaos.

3/21

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I am grateful for the people I have met through roller derby. Between fighting for stuff the team wants and helping each other out, they are a great bunch of people I am glad to know. 

 

2/21.

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1 hour ago, Heidi ☯ said:

How so?

I know that balance was very difficult for me and for my family, and even for some of my friends.

I had been living my life in a toxic way for so long that others were accustomed to it, and it was genuinely painful for them when I started making decisions differently.

I wrote about it here:  https://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/86977-liams-battle-logs/&do=findComment&comment=2148035

 

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Today I find myself most grateful for nature, particularly green spaces in urban areas. They're a place that allow you to step away from the stress of the city and just relax and offload the stress for a while, or that's how it felt today, at least. 3/21

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I am grateful for my country's public health system. Without it I might not have been able to recover so easily from my broken ankle, or would be in great debt because of it. Thankfully I have been well taken care of and have barely scratched the surface of my savings while healing. 

 

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I'm really thankful for the great support I receive in my life from: my partner, my job, my friends. I have a host of support folks, as well, people I refer to as The Dream Team: my acupuncturist, my doctor, my therapist, my attorney. Up until two years ago, it was a dramatically different landscape. 4/21

 

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Today I'm grateful for being able to vent on the Internet when I have my bad days, for my paycheck showing up, and the vending machine at work having an apple danish ;) (bad me, supposed to be dieting.....)

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Welcome, @Twilight! I'm grateful you're here! 

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Paladin71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | :: 77 | 78 | 79 | 80 | 81 |

Shaman: 82 | 83 | 84

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