It happened again. And I can’t make this stuff up.
I was journaling this morning and actually being diligent to write down things I’m grateful for. When I couldn’t think of anymore for the morning I put down my pen and literally thought to myself “I have a little bit of time left this morning, I could write a Thankful Thursday post. Should I? No. I said I wouldn’t participate in the monthly social media thanksgiving hooplah. I’ll read my Brene Brown book instead.” So I opened up The Gifts of Imperfection for a quick read.
Do you see it coming?
Of course. The entire stinkin’ chapter is on gratitude.
I practically highlighted the whole thing so I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to share it all…but man she got me.
“Without exception, every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice.
People were quick to point out the differences between happiness and joy as the difference between a human emotion that’s connected to circumstances and a spiritual way of engaging the the world that’s connected to practicing gratitude.
When it comes to gratitude, the word that jumped out to me throughout this research process is practice.”
I don’t know about you but I most commonly associate the word practice with athletes and sports. We don’t become a body builder after just one workout, and no one becomes a soccer player by simply buying a soccer ball. There are weeks, months, years, lifetimes of practice and work that go into making them and their bodies the athletes that they are.
In the same way, one day of throwing up thanks isn’t going to change my perspective all that much, and buying a gratitude journal without filling it isn’t going to make me a joyful person.
It takes practice..
…lifetimes of intentional numbering.
So here’s to more of practicing giving thanks. To a joyful life.
What about you? What do you do to practice gratitude? Is it something that you’ve been training at for years, or a practice you need to get back into?