12 Seconds of Gratitude (no. 12)

A quick list of reasons to be grateful & an exercise in finding the good in each day #gratitude #mindfulness #mentalhealth

A quick list of reasons to be grateful & an exercise in finding the good in each day

Every evening, a little reminder pops up on my phone.

It tells me to write down 3 things I’m grateful for.

This is an exercise I do as part of my pursuit to have a positive mindset, even when faced with challenges from depression, anxiety and chronic pain. This is something I used to do from time to time years back – before finding the good in every day became an absolute necessity. Looking back at the little snippets of joy still warms my heart. That’s why I started making a daily list again.

I hope this will either give you a quick injection of joy and/or inspire you to practice more gratitude in your life ♥.

I’m grateful for…

  • I’ve learned to crochet! And I’ve made some cute things! I think it’s called amigurumi where you make tiny adorable animals and stuff
  • Listening to the archives of my favourite podcast: No Such Thing As a Fish (it’s by the elves that research facts for QI. And it’s hilarious)
  • I discovered that my library has an app that lets you borrow English e-books – and it has so many of the books I want to read (especially in the fiction section)
  • I was accepted into the master’s program I hoped for – MSc Sports science and health here I come!
  • Reading. Reading. Reading – I’ve been reading so much these. Among the books I’ve finished recently are A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die and Little Fires Everywhere.
  • How kind and caring my mother is. She’s trying so hard to be understand how best to help me in regards to chronic pain, even though it’s difficult (and I can’t figure it out half the time)
  • My two new belt bags – yay for bags that doesn’t make my neck hurt!
  • A well managed day – in terms of balancing pain, activity and rest
  • When I was at my parents’ place, and my sister wouldn’t come near me (not grateful for this part)… Because I was sick and she has exams coming up. So instead she texted me stupid pictures of corgis in costumes from the other end of the couch.
  • Being able to disappear into fictional worlds via books when I’m feeling unwell
  • For the calm app and for slowly adding mindfulness to my life
  • I figured out how to set up https on the blog (which makes it more secure – but it doesn’t really make a difference to you, because it’s not a webshop and you shouldn’t send me your credit card information – unless you want to? 😄)

What are you grateful for? Share your joys in a comment below!

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