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Practicing daily gratitude is something I’ve been trying to do more of since Thanksgiving of last year. I remember reading an article (I can’t remember where!) about shifting your mindset to being more grateful of certain situations rather than resentful or disappointed and how it can affect your mood. I thought to myself “I should try this!” and of course life got busy and stressful and the idea of being grateful of situations that drove me nuts went out the door.
Fast forward to January and spending a couple weeks with my family and away from work. Charlie was acting out and I remember looking at him and instead of reprimanding or disciplining him I thought to myself, “I love you SO much.” I gave him a hug and told him that I loved him and the issue was over. It was a simple reminder that in my (usual) weakest moments of annoyance or frustration, I’m so grateful for all of it.
Obviously we all have our moments and my kids do things every day that warrant a punishment or me to REACT. But I feel like this mindset of going into these situations with a grateful heart (when I can, ha) have helped me become a more patient mom, wife, friend and person in general. So where do you start? I started small! Every morning in my planner I write 3 things that I’m grateful for. It’s become so consistent now that it is the first thing I think about when I wake up with my coffee. Some days it’s silly stuff like bagels or a glass of wine at the end of the day and other days it is for the obvious things like the health of my family. Just start somewhere!