Wednesday, August 24, 2016
“The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times”
– Zig Ziglar
If you want to find happiness, find gratitude. – Steve Maraboli
Giving thanks makes us all happier and healthier. Read below for a key gratitude practice you can use to instantly feel happier.
It was around lunchtime when I got home from the gym with my baby girl. I was running low on patience and fuel when I paused to make us a protein shake. Standing in the kitchen with baby underfoot, I twisted the cup to engage the blender. A familiar “vrrrrrooom”, an unexpected “pow!”, and suddenly the smell of smoke….
In a panic, I untwisted the cup to disengage the motor, and I could not have predicted what happened next. The blade attachment shot to my feet, and the contents exploded—covering the countertops, cabinets, appliances, kitchen rugs, and me and my baby head to toe with dark chocolate blueberry kale sludge.
I must admit that I shrieked like my arm had been cut off. Then, I looked to my daughter, who had safely dodged the falling blade and was now carefully watching for my reaction. Her eyes said, “Mama, do I laugh, or do I cry?”
In that moment, I had the power to give meaning to an ambiguous situation. So I laughed, and my little girl laughed with me. I felt a resounding, “Thank goodness!” at this opportunity to use a powerful gratitude practice.
So I began reciting aloud with enthusiasm every good thing I could appreciate about the mess I found myself in.
Later, I would write down the list and retell the story to others with overflowing gratitude. I’d taken an unexpected mess and turned it into a crazy-beautiful chocolate-covered afternoon.
Here’s my gratitude list in that moment:
Life gets messy, especially when we’re growing. Luckily, when our plans blow up in our face, we can smile and look for the blessings here. We’ll find them every time.
So give it a try! The next time you find yourself dealing with a less than desirable situation,
By focusing on the good, you shift your thinking from “Oh, no!” and “Why is this happening TO me?” to “Thank Goodness” that this is “This is happening FOR me”. Simply shift your thinking to gratitude, and feel the joy flow!
With practice, the shift to gratitude comes easier and easier, until it’s our natural state of being.
The next time life blows up in your face, how will you choose to feel?
To your wellness!
Summer Flowers Ricketts
Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Sports Center of Morehead City
Certified DreamBuilder Coach, Fitness Educator, Weight Management Trainer