Wellness and Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie, Author

During this time of thanksgiving, many of us ponder the family, friends, life experiences and the little things that we are grateful for.

Several years ago, my friend Lee, introduced me to Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance. Through her book, Breathnach takes you on a year long journey towards simplicity and one of the first steps is creating a daily gratitude journal—each day reminding yourself of what there is to be thankful for in your life. The process can ultimately bring about a sense of wellness and joy like nothing else can.

On a rough day, especially when you’re healing from breast cancer surgery or treatments, it may be hard to find five things to be thankful for—but your gratitude journal is there, the blank page staring, challenging you—but before long, you will find five (or more!) things to share with yourself.

Here are a few links to visit and find out more about gratitude journaling:

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Online Journal
I Am Thankful

Serene Journey:
Gratitude Journal: 30 Days to Happiness
The Happiness Project: Gratitude journals and the happiness of not having cancer
Abundance Tapesty: How To Start A Gratitude Journal

Do you keep a gratitude journal? If so, how has it helped you through your journey to wellness?


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