good life with pam talluto
Part of cultivating a good life is practicing gratitude.
I think most everyone knows how important it is to be thankful for what we have. There have been countless books and articles written about it and science is even now showing that expressing gratitude can actually rewire your brain. Studies show that when you express gratitude, there are many physical, psychological, and social benefits.
- Less bothered by aches and pains
- Lower blood pressure
- Exercise more and take better care of their health
- Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- More alert, alive, and awake
- More joy and pleasure
- More optimism and happiness
- More helpful, generous, and compassionate
- More forgiving
- More outgoing
- Feel less lonely and isolated
I’d heard of these benefits for awhile and definitely knew I needed and wanted to be more aware of my blessings. So I started a gratitude journal. Five things every day that I was thankful for, no repeats. I fell behind. But I was determined to do this so I tried again. And then again and again. I would get through “family,” “home,” “food,” “clean water,” and a few more obvious things and then I would go blank. Things seemed too small or too insignificant to list. So I would just stop. I needed some insight here, a new way of looking at this, an aha moment. Then I got it. Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw this quote:
What if you woke up today with only the things you were grateful for yesterday?
Wow. Look around you right now. Imagine everything you see, feel, and have . . . gone because you weren’t thankful for it yesterday. This hit me hard and I was suddenly and clearly aware of all I had to be thankful for. Suddenly it was much easier for me to express my gratitude! My list is, of course, endless and I’m so thankful that I found a way to realize it!
Here’s a little homework for you. Find a photograph that you love and really look at it, study it. Write down at least five things in it that you’re thankful for. Five things that you wouldn’t want to wake up tomorrow without. I bet it will be easier than you think. Here’s my five from the photo above, but I can think of lots more!
1. My 17-month-old grandson Evan.
2. My health which gives me the ability to keep up with him.
3. A membership this year at The Detroit Zoo.
4. A daughter and son-in-law who trust me with their most precious possession.
5. A husband who is willing to pick up the camera!
Pam Talluto is a member of our Creative Team using Digital Project Life®. Pam lives near Detroit, Michigan, and her family consists of her husband Denny, her son Marc, daughter Sara and her husband Eric, her awesome 17-month-old grandson Evan, and three grand-dogs — Bear, Shyla, and Sydney!
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