The Gratitude Project – July 2016

grateful quote

I have decided to use a quote for each post that is part of my ‘gratitude project’. This quote by Angie Karan is this month’s quote – enjoy!

“Cultivate and nurture being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. Remembering that in daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

My reason for starting the gratitude project.

I love to keep busy, but at the same time, I try to make sure that I take the time to be grateful for everything that happened and is happening in my life and comes my way. I started to ‘practice gratitude’ for over a year now and I can say that it has completely changed my life. 

Even so, I consider myself a beginner with practising gratitude, as changing habits and the way you think and react is not always easy and requires a lot of practice.

Don’t get me wrong, I was a happy and grateful person before, but I was not always giving importance to what we can consider ‘small things’ or to what we take as a given, like the fact that I am able to walk, without feeling any pain.

Also, I might not have always taken the time to appreciate people for who they are as themselves and not who they are to me. Think about that for a second. 

Gratitude is an amazing exercise and my reason for starting this blog post series is exactly this: to remind myself and to remind you, the person reading this now, that there are so many things that we can be grateful for and that the bad, unpleasant events exist to teach us something and to make us appreciate the good things even more.

July was not picked at random as the first month of my gratitude series; it is one of my favorite months of the year. I was born in July, so this is one first thing that I am grateful for – the extraordinary fact that I exist on this planet and in these interesting times.

Here is my ‘Grateful July’ List:

  • My amazing, supportive husband & my family.
  • Health – sometimes we don’t appreciate health as much as we should. I am grateful for the fact that I can take long walks on the quayside, for example, and I can just go about my life without any pain or any meds.
  • Travel – I have had the chance to travel a lot this year and I am extremely grateful for that.
  • I am also grateful for the fact that people take my travel recommendations and act on them. This year I have seen so many friends and blog readers going to places that I recommended like Tenerife, Boca Raton, the North East of England, Warwick, etc., for the first time in their lives.
    Most of them got back to me and thanked me for the recommendations – great feeling!
  • This year is my 8th consecutive year going to Tenerife and this is yet another thing I am grateful for.
  • Newcastle with its amazing mornings and evenings.
  • newcastle quaysideA borrowed book from Katherine, which I am currently reading and which inspires me to be happier and do more of the things that I always wanted to do for myself. Thank you!
  • Coffee – I am always grateful for coffee!
  • Ripe avocados, melons and watermelons. No explanation needed.
  • My new kicks. Playing Pokemon Go made me realise how much I was in need of proper running shoes, rather than just sneakers. Got them, love them.
  • This view that I get to see on every work day.
    rainton bridge
  • ComiCon Manchester – loved the experience!
  • Birthday presents – thank you everyone! <3

So many of us tend to be discouraged or lose hope because of the things that happen in their lives. I believe in silver linings – even if you don’t always see them when it rains. 

As long as you have learned something and you can smile about something that happened – it was a good thing and you have learned something.

I have read an interesting thing once and it went something like this: Some people look their entire life for something and they never find it and some people find it but are not happy with what they have found. Don’t be that person. Be happy, be grateful and always try to improve the things that come your way.

Have an amazing August!

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