Bags of Gratitude

A warm welcome to my ‘Bags of Gratitude’ page – thank you for stopping by here.

Gratitude has always played a part in my life. Perhaps in the early years I didn’t fully understand it all, but as I grew up I learned more about it. As a child I was taught to say ‘thank you’ to people for their gifts and to write a letter or a card.  I have taken this habit with me into my adult life.

I have also tried out a ‘gratitude challenge’ through an online card and gift service and this has helped me to be timely in my thanks and created an opportunity for me to be creative in what I send out.

There are lots of books on the subject of gratitude and I have dipped into many of them to learn more about the topic and what it means to other people.

A few years ago I decided to take part in a blogging challenge, which involved writing something about my chosen interest or topic each day for 30 days.  This process helped to trigger ideas and as I worked through the challenge, I began to realise I enjoyed writing from the heart and being creative.

This led to me writing my first book ‘ Bags of Gratitude’.

Thoughts on Gratitude

Hold on to Gratitude

As the new day begins and the freshness of the morning lights its way, start with one thing you are grateful for. It could be that you had a good night’s sleep, you are meeting a friend today, you are looking forward to seeing that film later, your dog jumps up and gives you a big lick!

There is something so powerful with holding on to thoughts of gratitude – however small or large. It is the process of being thankful that can put a spring into your step today.

Go on try it, see its magic today.

Give out Gratitude

Who do you know that you would like to thank today?

Maybe it was someone on your local shop that took time to help you; your neighbour who looked after your dog when you were late back from work; a friend who kept calling you when you were feeling low – and helped to lift your spirits.

I’m sure there is someone who you could call today to give them a boost and say thank-you? Give them the gift of your time and focus on them.

Each time we give out some thoughts of gratitude, we not only energise the person we give them to but also lift ourselves to a higher level of positivity and energy.

Give out with no thought of its return

Be in the present moment

Focus on the reason for your thankfulness

Give it out for free with meaning

Feel the energy and vibe

Share it with someone today’

Gratitude Playlist

Do you ever hear some music and find yourself transported back to a different time and place?

The power of a tune is amazing – I heard some music this morning and it took me back in time, to where I was, who I was with and what was going on around me. I then began to remember more about that time and it felt good. Lots of things I had forgotten about came back to me, like a time boomerang!

Sometimes music can trigger a tear, the potency of the memory from a tune from the past or maybe more recently, can be very powerful.

Do you know what music lifts your spirits and which music takes you to a melancholy place? Knowing this can help you, as you can choose the music to break a mood and change how you feel – almost instantly.

An idea for today is to pick a list of songs or music that you can use to remember all the things in your life you are grateful for? So when you hear that song or music it will trigger great memories for you.

This will be your gratitude playlist. It will wrap you in the warmth of positivity and help to start your day with a spring in your step.

Gratitude Challenge

It is so easy to forget about being grateful for the small things in life – they can be taken for granted each day.

So the challenge for today is:

  1. To write down 5 things you are grateful for today and why you are grateful for them
  2. To call someone to thank them for their support, return their call to have a chat, send a card to remind someone you are thinking of them, take some flowers round to a neighbour who is so kind to you.  I’m sure you can think of something that would bring a smile to someone else’s face.

This may not seem very easy to do, so once you have tried it and felt how it feels, it can become something you can do regularly.

Are you up for the challenge?

Focus with Gratitude

Have you ever found your mind worrying about things, darting about from one thing to another?

Focusing on what you are grateful for, for just one minute, will help your mind settle and refresh.

So, allocate one minute, start to focus on your breathing in and out and bring into your mind some things you are grateful for. It could be your garden, the freshness of the air, a picture you love, a friend, your food; whatever brings in some feelings of gratitude.

Keep your mind on these things, think about them and why you are grateful for them. If other thoughts creep in, just take your mind back to the gratitude moment. It can help to close your eyes or if you prefer to focus on an image of what you are grateful for or keep your eyes on a space on a wall.  Whatever works for you.

Remember this is just a minute of gratitude for help you refocus.  Over time this could be used each day to refresh your thinking.

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Would you like to read more? Go to my first book ‘ Bags of Gratitude’.

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