Gratitude is a seriously wonderful thing.
I must admit that even though I tend to be a fairly positive, optimistic person who tries to see the best in things, a gratitude practice has never been on my radar. But that's definitely going to change.
This past week, I've focused on the things I'm grateful for. The big things (like the house, car), little things (a hot cuppa, a home made cookie) and people things (my son, husband, family, friends) have all gotten a look-in. It's funny - even though I've always appreciated these things, in the process of practising gratitude, I've come to appreciate them even more.
During the week, when I've been faced with things that made me frustrated, upset, angry, or just plain grossed-out (like the time my son put dog poo in his mouth ...), I've taken the time to find something in the moment to be grateful for. There's always been something - and usually lots.
Practising gratitude has done far more than simply highlight the good things in my life. It has, without a doubt, helped me to be more mindful and present in the moment. To be able to stop, notice and appreciate what we're grateful for at any given moment, we have to be present, we have to be mindful. Win-win.