I read somewhere the other day that listing, actually writing down what you are grateful for actually increases your happiness.
It just so happens to be something I love to do every year at this time and really should do a lot more often.
I don’t know about you but I love reading other people’s grateful lists too because I just think in a world with so much negativity talked about it’s nice to be reminded about just how many wonderful things there are too. I really believe it’s the small seemingly insignificant things that makeup a beautiful life and what a shame to have one and not even know it.
Here’s the beginning of mine this year. I hope you’ll share some of yours too:)
I’m grateful for…
Christian. Cause he thinks that going for a walk just the two of us is a “date”, he calls William “Billiard”, he says “usually” when he means to say “actually”, and because his happiness is my happiness which means I get to live the joys of life through him as well.
William. Because his cheeks are softer than marshmallows and twice as smoochable. When he cuddles in real close and starts having sleepy milk induced smiles he looks just like Littlefoot, who is obviously the sweetest dinosaur of all Land Before Time.
Nick. Because he makes my life better in every single way. He makes me laugh and he knows how to win a debate but he also knows how to say “you know what, that’s a good point.” when he just lost one, and I think that’s pretty rare.
That I have a mom who is genuinely interested in hearing every boring detail about anything in my life even if she’s already heard about it 3 times before and a dad who is never too busy to join me for lunch, even when “join me for lunch” actually means “bring me lunch cause I’m starving and have a sleeping baby.”
A bunch of brothers and sisters who are more like best friends that I’d rather hang out with than pretty much anyone.
Advice. Having a baby means getting a lot of it. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. I’m so glad I have people who care and who try to help. I need it. There wasn’t a handbook given to me about everything in life and I’m just learning as I go but I really appreciate those who throw me shortcuts every now and then.
Treats and a movie. There’s something about the idea that any given night of the week I can whip out some treats and watch a movie that just makes life feel simple and fun.
Reading. I’m so grateful that no matter how late I go to bed I can always still read just a couple of pages of my book. Sometimes I look forward to that quiet moment day long.
Readers. That I have somewhere to put my thoughts and ideas and talents and a community who will take the time to read and watch them and share in return is truly remarkable to me and something I’m so grateful for.
Have a most wonderful holiday weekend!!