Gratitude. It's something few of us really think about until we are saved from the brink of something major. Yet gratitude lifts our mood building confidence and trust in life's abundance. We can be grateful for small things every day which enhance our enjoyment of life such as a beautiful sunset or sunrise, a child's smile, the kindness of a stranger, a good book, the smell of cut grass on a summer's day. Gratitude doesn't have to involve a major event. It encourages mindfulness; being in the moment which can make our lives smoother by focusing on acceptance of situations as they are. We can then work towards change rather than getting stressed about them. This in turn leads to growth, expanding our horizons. When we pay attention with gratitude to the good things that happen to us every day the not so good things are put in to perspective.Doing this can lower stress and give us breathing space to make informed decisions rather than impulsive ones we may regret later. Keeping a note book and writing down what you are grateful for starts the process. It can become part of a daily log or journal of your life journey.
Ankhra Laan-Ra. Glasgow based Well-being and Fitness Coach.