The Gratitude Movement

Today Was a Good day

“In the midst of winter, I find within me the invisible summer...” 

― Leo TolstoyThe Kingdom of God Is within You

Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu traditions worship with gratitude to God.  It’s time to start worshiping the god inside of you.  As I reflected on my life I noticed how much energy I wasted focusing on the negatives. I gossiped and shared with my friends on how “unfair life is” or how “when one thing goes bad, all things seem to go bad.” I’m sure many of you have experienced that “life sucks” moment. 

Which brings me to this question:

  • How often do we share the good moments?

  • How much time do we spend talking about all of the little things that brought a smile to our face?

I started really thinking about this and decided it was time to take action! I created my very own Thank You Journal.  The objective was to write down a minimum of five things that I was thankful for that day.  As I went through my day, this phenomenon started to happen.  I became much more present to how many wonderful things I had to be grateful for.   Ranging from time spent with my 3 dogs,  the miles gained on my morning runs to someone giving me a friendly smile. My mood and overall well-being started to improve and I started living my life for my thank you moments.

A large body of recent work has suggested that people who are more grateful tend to be happier, less stressed, less depressed, and more satisfied with their lives and higher levels of personal growth, self-esteem and a better overall well-being.

The gratitude movement is a call to action for you to start worshiping your inner god. Start your own Thank You Journal and let the gratitude fill your soul.  Share your experiences and start talking about all of the positive things in your life. 

 

Photo by Patrick Tomasso