I started keeping a gratitude journal at the end of July. Each night (at least when I remember) I write down
all the things I'm grateful for. Some days it's a bit more difficult, but I always find something to write down.
And once I start writing, I often find that I fill up the whole page. There are so many moments and gifts
each day that we can be thankful for. And the more we give thanks, the more there is to be thankful for.
Another practice that has given me great joy is the nice notes that I give out. I have kept the notes in my purse and I give them out with tips, during checkouts at stores, and any other situation when I think of it. I have had really positive responses from most people who receive them and it makes me happy to know that I have made someone else's day a little brighter. Recently, at the Salvation Army, I gave one that said "You are Beautiful" to the cashier, a lady who was probably in her mid-fifties. She came around the counter to give me a big hug. I think it made her day and it certainly made mine.
One last gift I've experienced lately is an idea I had to share my own (albeit meager) abundance with others.
Whenever I go out to eat, I tend to order water to drink, since it's healthier than soda. I have decided that
the money I would have spent on a drink will be added to my tip. That means on the monthly girl's night
out with my coworkers, I can leave about a $10 tip, since I don't really drink alcohol most of the time. That
small act, and knowing that it will show appreciation to the server (more than the calories of a soda would
have helped my thighs) has made me enjoy my meals more.
These are just a few of the ways I'm adding joy and gratitude into my life.
What about you? Please share any other ideas you have. One of the things I'm most thankful for lately is the community I have discovered through blogging. And the multitude of ways that the internet helps me to keep in touch with my friends from real life as well.