Life Lesson ~ Gratitude, What Does it Mean to YOU?

Research has shown how valuable it is to start your day by journaling a few things you are grateful for.  You may ask what are the benefits?  Here they are: a) increases positivity, b) improves self-esteem, c) helps you sleep better, d) makes you happier, e) reduces stress! 

Both of us are experiencing the positive feelings of taking a mindful pause to record moments of gratitude.  That’s why we want to share some valuable quotes so you can spread the word with your family members and friends:

Perhaps share one of these quotes on social media or on the mirror in your home as a friendly reminder:

The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. - Robert Holden

Gratitude helps us to see what is there instead of what isn't. - Annette Bridges

A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. - Vicki Becker 

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. - Maya Angelou

What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude - Brene Brown

If you want to find happiness, find gratitude. - Steve Maraboli

Today, I am counting my blessings, not my problems. - Unknown

Gratitude Journal

What’s great about journaling is all your thoughts are organized and there for you to access anytime.  You can get a journal or create your own Gratitude Journal. Here is one example: https://www.google.com/search?q=gratitude+list+template&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=mru1qzGxwaTeBM%253A%252CayQE0qVfyzwAlM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kTo3yNCMB1mJNf_323nMnpcLNNaHg&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjp1MyNgcXlAhWqHjQIHQDpCPIQ9QEwAXoECAcQKg&cshid=1572474008260239#imgrc=mru1qzGxwaTeBM:

 

Gratitude and Jewelry

Need a reminder to others how much they mean to you?  How about gifting someone gemstone jewelry?  A necklace, bracelet or earrings can light up a friend or family members life!  It is a wonderful way for you to show your gratitude to them and they will be grateful to you every time they wear it!

  

Gratitude Jar

Here’s a way to make gratitude a fun activity:  Grab an empty jar and create a Creative Label you can put on the jar and stick it onto your jar, and use the gratitude prompts provided (also to print) to jot down what you're grateful for. You could do this yourself, with family/friends, or try it at around the Thanksgiving table. How sweet would it be to read what your grateful for together?!

Nuggets on Gratitude and Thankfulness

Want to learn more about the benefits of gratitude? We think you'll love these blog posts.

Adapted from:  https://www.shopcompliment.com/blogs/blog/10-gratitude-quotes-thanksgiving and https://www.goodnet.org/articles/5-reasons-keeping-gratitude-journal-will-change-your-life

We are grateful for you, our Beksan community…. Happy Fall!

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