“What, rouse thee, man! thy Juliet is alive, for whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead; There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee, but thou slew'st Tybalt; there are thou happy too: The law that threaten'd death becomes thy friend and turns it to exile; there art thou happy: A pack of blessings lights up upon thy back!” Father Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet It’s not always easy to feel grateful for the lives we have, especially, if like poor Romeo, things around us seem to be unravelling and out of our control. Life takes its toll on all of us; from the mom who is surviving on four hours sleep a night whilst trying to run a business, a home and raise her children right, to the highly paid Marketing Director who feels over worked and under appreciated. When things get tough, it’s easy to feel like crawling under a comforter with a giant bag of Reeses Pieces and the Sex and the City boxset. So why then would you want to start a gratitude practice? Focusing our minds on the positive, counting our blessings and being grateful for small (but often mighty) things can be a guiding light; lifting our spirits, comforting our souls and helping us to work through times of hurt, stress, upset and even anger. Think a gratitude practice is a bit airy fairy? Well listen up because science says that gratitude is good for you. Research has shown that gratitude practices can fire up four different neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins; all of which make us feel good.
Ready to get started with a gratitude practice? Here’s how.
- Commit to the process
- Find somewhere to record your thoughts
- Notice the little things
- The air in your lungs and the food in your belly
- The car, bus or bicycle that gets you where you need to be
- The hug your child gave you in bed this morning
- The friends you love spending time with
- Spread the gratitude love!
- Plan a family get-together
The Bohemian Mama Gratitude Quiz!Bring more positive into your life with our super fun and easy gratitude quiz. Simply answer the questions below and let the positivity flow!
- List three positive things that happened to you today
- List three wonderful people you are super grateful to have in your life
- Name three things that make you happy
- List three places that make you feel happy
- Who did you make happy today?
- Who will you make happy tomorrow?