I have a new boss at work, and she's totally and utterly fantastic. One of the changes she's bringing to our organization is a focus on mindfulness and gratitude. Mindfulness means meditation and being present in the moment, which is a big challenge for me, as you know.
The newest academic research looks at gratitude as a science. I know - weird, right? But it's seriously a science. The results researchers are finding are incredible:
- When your mind is focused on gratitude and what you're thankful for, it's physically impossible to think about what's bad in your life. Impossible.
- By focusing on what they are grateful for, disadvantaged kids are able to retain more information when they study. Cool, right?
- Keeping a gratitude journal reframes your day and can reduce frustration later in the day.
I want to share some of the things I'm grateful for this week... and I want to hear some of yours!
- A surgery for my aunt and uncle that was incredibly successful, which means many more years for my uncle!
- An amazing new boss and a renewed energy and excitement about my work.
- A snuggly puppy. How can I not be grateful for that?
- A husband that I never get tired of. And who makes dinner every night. S.C.O.R.E.
- Feeling rested and renewed after the holiday break. Planning to ride it until May.
- Great graduate school friends who have gotten me through the past 18 months.
- An amazing internship supervisor who cares about my professional development and makes what could have been a painful experience fantastic.
- A warm, cozy house.
- An interest in sewing and DIY projects. Space to do them. Time to complete them. Joy after doing so.
- My friends and family. L-O-V-E them.
- Blogging and the community I've found here. Every single comment you leave makes me smile, and brings little pops of joy throughout my day.
- Sticking to my running routine long enough that I look forward to it at the end of the day now. And for a puppy who pulls me and makes me go faster.
- My husband. I didn't think I should put the dog twice and not him!
I want to know what you're grateful for. You don't need to list 13, but please tell me at least one. Because I'm grateful for hearing from you!