Got the Gratitude Attitude?

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 64 – 6/1/15

The other night I couldn’t get to sleep.  I’d had a difficult day at work and it kept me tossing and turning. Perhaps you’re familiar with that negative tape that continues to wind and rewind through your brain at night? Finally I managed to stop myself and put my mind to thinking about things I’m grateful for.  Not the typical stuff, like having a good marriage, an awesome daughter, and good health (though I am thankful for those things). 

No, this was all about the weird stuff.  Like I’m grateful for the sound of a train at night; for some reason, it makes me feel good.  I love cloud pictures and how they morph from one thing to another.  Frost on the windowpanes in the winter, which always make me pause to check out the intricate designs.  Ditto rivulets of water on a car window when driving on a rainy day. The smell of a freshly cut lawn. Hearing the song Somewhere over the Rainbow sung by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole (who left this earth far too soon, in June of 1997) and of course, rainbows (especially those rare double rainbows).   

Beautiful rainbow over a rain forest mountain

Finally, I’m grateful to have the ability to get up and write down my ideas at 4:30 in the morning! 

In her book, The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky wrote that expressing gratitude is the #1 “happiness activity.”  Ms. Lyubomirsky had the research to back up her assertions; but to be honest, I don’t need an expert to know that being grateful is good for me and makes me happier (along with helping me fall asleep).  I mean, it simply makes sense, doesn’t it?  

I can only speak for myself – but I know that when I’m taking my life for granted and get cranky or ticked off because things simply aren’t going my way, God has a way of showing me something that stops me in my tracks.  I’ll be watching the news, and see someone who has really big problems.  I’ll click on one of those FB posts about a child who’s suffering from a rare cancer. I’ll think about my oldest sister, who’s had her independence greatly hindered because of deteriorating eyesight; or my sister-in-law, who survived cancer and other health issues, with the help of PMA (positive mental attitude).  

Along with helping me sleep, gratitude for my life helps me focus on the positive, enhances my self-confidence, decreases my stress, and simply helps me appreciate the good stuff about growing older. And it sure beats the heck out of walking around with a dark cloud above my head.  

How about you?  What does gratitude do for you? 

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quote for the Week: May 24, 2015

 

Stormy skies over Snowdonia, North Wales, UK

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Psychiatrist & Author, 1926 – 2004)

Read more about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  

 

Quote for the Week: May 3, 2015

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It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized (I Ching, Chinese Book of Changes)

Introduction to I Ching

Quote for the Week: April 12, 2015

There is one elementary truth –

The ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans.

The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that never otherwise would have occurred.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Begin it now. (Goethe)

 

Deutsch: Bildnis Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; W...

Deutsch: Bildnis Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Weimar, Goethe-Nationalmuseum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Quotes for the Week: April 5, 2015

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Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees. (Karle Wilson Baker 1878-1960; American author and poet)

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. (Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955; Theoretical physicist)