What Gifts Are You Grateful For?
Research has shown that gratitude is really good for us. It’s associated with greater optimism, enthusiasm, energy and other positive reactions. And I think it also helps in quieting our inner body-basher.
In honor of Thanksgiving, here’s what I’m seriously thankful for:
- Amazing Weightless readers. Thank you so much for continuing to come back and read my posts and for your kind and supportive words.
- My relationship with my mom and our fun days shopping and watching fashion shows.
- My boyfriend for his big heart and the lessons I continue to learn about myself and relationships.
- My body for letting me practice Pilates and helping me to get through a cold.
- My Pilates teacher, who’s super kind and always challenges us (but not too much).
- My family in NYC for their unconditional support, laughs and lessons.
- My close friends from all over the country who make it a priority to stay in touch.
- Long bike rides with a crisp breeze. (Doesn’t happen often here in the sunshine state.)
- Hours of cookie-baking with my neighbor Joan who’s become a grandmother to me.
- Being able to do what I love.
- Being able to read beautiful books and blogs.
- The food we’re about to eat and enjoy.
- Sunny and rainy days.
- Weekends spent writing.
- Red lipstick, which makes me feel pretty.
- Apples, grapes, orange juice, spaghetti, veal marsala, pizza and potatoes.
- Cheese, dark chocolate and ice cream.
- Journals to write in. (I’m seriously obsessed and have 10 too many.)
- Old books and new globes, which I love collecting.
- Art and museums, which always put a smile on my face.
- Etsy, where you can get anything and everything you want lovingly handmade.
- Writers who write their hearts out and make us feel less alone.
- My nose and fingers, which are miniature versions of my dad’s.
Additional Resources on Gratitude
- Want to get creative? Brandi, one of our associate editors, created a beautiful gratitude collage on her blog The Inspiring Bee. (Check out her whole blog; it’s awesome!)
- Great advice from various gratitude studies and leading researcher Robert Emmons on keeping a gratitude journal . One of my fave parts is that Emmons suggests seeing the items on our lists as gifts.
- 5 steps to gratitude from Psych Central’s blog Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
- Cultivating gratitude to increase life-satisfaction from Adventures in Positive Psychology, another PC blog.
- An utterly breathtaking post from Anna at Curvy Yoga on gratitude and grief. I can relate to this so much.
What are you thankful for?
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving and weekend!
Tartakovsky, M. (2014). What Gifts Are You Grateful For?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 26, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2011/11/what-gifts-are-you-grateful-for/