See the final results of my 30 Days of Gratitude challenge here: 30 Days of Gratitude: Final Reflections.
Woooooo! I can’t believe it’s Day 12 already – time sure flies! I’m very happy that I started to do this “gratitude experiment”. I talked with my roommate yesterday, and she says I’m already complaining much less. It’s honestly hard for me to tell, but I do feel like I tend to “catch” myself more than I used to. I feel like I’m able to better identify when I’m going down a “negativity spiral”, and take a breath, and say, “Ok, that’s enough. What are some things you’re grateful for?” On that note, here are the 5 things I’m grateful for:
- The weekend. I know some Parisians would think I work way too much (I know – I lived in Paris for a month – everyone looked at me like I was crazy when I’d talk about work), and even I think I work too much sometimes, but honestly, I’m grateful to have at least 2/7 days off if I choose. It wasn’t always that way, you know. Before the 1900’s, everyone worked 7 days a week. Many still do.
- The northern California weather. It’s raining today, but I’m still happy to enjoy the bright sunlight. I couldn’t imagine living somewhere like Tromso, Norway, where you don’t see the sun in the winter. I think my seasonal affective disorder would drive me crazy. I’d love to see the northern lights at least once, though.
- Granola/muesli. I don’t know who invented this stuff, but I fricking love it. Seriously. When I was younger, I’d get a cup of it every day. I know it’s not the healthiest for me, but I’m learning to practice moderation. Oh, moderation…
- Kefir. What’s that, you might ask? I like to describe it as a “yogurt drink”. I find that it really helps regulate my digestive system and reduce inflammation. I’m going to make some later today.
- Sardines. Like, seriously. They can be kind of gross sometimes (one time I got a sardine with this green blob in it – didn’t buy that brand again), but since I started eating them, my PMS has almost nearly gone away. Guys, that means not feeling like crap for 1/4 of the month – it means A LOT! I also like how they’re previously-portioned so it’s harder to overeat, and there’s no preparation involved. I eat a couple cans a week.
What are you thankful for?