‘Tis the season of joy! I hope you are feeling it already. I know I am.
The thing about joy is that it is something we choose and cultivate every day. Like putting up a Christmas tree, or making this lamb sweet potato stew which makes my house smell amazingly cozy and warm.
One of the simplest ways to create joy is to practice gratitude. When you feel grateful, you simply cannot be stressed or angry, two of the biggest blocks to joy.
Try this: before you fall asleep, list 5 things you are grateful for, one on each finger. This will bring an immediate sense of peace and creates sweeter dreams.
Here’s what I am grateful for:
- My loving, supportive friends and family – too many to list.
- A career I love helping clients find the nutrition & life that work for them.
- Growing self-acceptance, trust and patience (instead of my old classic – forcing).
- The nourishing food on my table and roof over my head.
- My health and the strength in my body.
Research shows gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve health and better deal with adversity.
What are you grateful for? Leave a comment below.