I was invited to start a gratitude practice -- by someone I admire immensely, an unlikely pusher of positive psychology. I had resistance to the idea. To the very phrase, actually, and its ubiquity. Despite my squinty-eyed reaction, I agreed to participate in a daily gratitude experiment. Two days in, I was already feeling a shift … Continue reading Gratitude! The non-surgical drug-free brain-sculpting happiness-making cure-all! Try it, today, for free!
Way to go/looking good/running strong/you got this/you rock/keep up the good work: so many phrases meant to boost the spirits of runners have often had a disheartening effect on me. It has become part of my training routine to learn to accept the boost that others might offer through their well meaning comments. No doubt … Continue reading Words of Encouragement
There's a lot of talk about the importance of practicing gratitude - as a pathway to happiness, as a ladder out of depression. If you've heard about it, but are wondering how exactly to execute gratitude here, may I suggest trying writing a list? Take a peek at Kathryn Ast's second to last post, from … Continue reading Need a little help with your gratitude practice? I look to Kat Ast as my guide
Compliments of the blanket of smoke that has consumed our community, I have spent more time inside in the past few days than I have in the past few weeks combined. For me, what would normally be pleasant, carefree summer hours spent with my family outside in the mountains soaking up all the wonderfulness this … Continue reading An air of gratitude, albeit a smokey one
Last November I had the pleasure of attending Zoya Jiwa's Simply You presentation at the Winds of Change Wellness Gathering with my tweenager. It was an awesome afternoon where we explored our definitions of beauty, talked with strangers about our inner hopes and learnt how to appreciate the important people in our lives. The session … Continue reading On gratitude, parenthood and Zoya Jiwa
I took my 7 month old baby to Ontario to meet his grandparents and three great-grandparents for Thanksgiving, so I've been thinking a bit about gratitude these past few days... and wondering, what if we repeated the act of giving thanks every day after the turkey hangover has worn off?
How many of these habits can you check off? Or move away from?