So Thankful!

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude and giving thanks recently, very apt for today’s Thankful Thursday post.

At work I have been undertaking a resilience course where one of the strategies to improve personal resilience is to practice being thankful every day. It makes sense – appreciating what you have makes you feel better and therefore increases your ability to deal with the stress of everyday life.

If you don’t believe me, check out this powerful video below:

So I want to commit to being thankful everyday. For me. To help me better manage my life and become more happy and more resilient. I suspect I’ll need all the help I can get for my return to normal life next week…

I thought about using one of the many apps available to record gratitude like Gratitude Journal 365, Thankful or Live Happy but I want to be accountable and make a public pledge to see this through. Using an individual app would not fit this purpose.

Instead, my plan is to share a thankful every day on social media from Monday with the aim of putting them together for a thankful post every Thursday. If that doesn’t make me happier and lead to greater resilience, I don’t know what will!

And feel free to chase me up if I am not thankful – I have a feeling it’s going to be tough some days to find the jewels of life amid the dirt and rubbish….

This week, I am thankful for so many things, big and small:

  • for having a caring and supportive husband who is my rock
  • for the opportunity to spend some wonderful one-on-one time with him
  • for the chance to rediscover the joy of the ocean and swimming in the sea
  • for being able to recognise and rediscover the beauty of my hometown
  • for all the messages from friends and family asking after my health and well being – I feel blessed to have so much support
  • for the flowers and chocolates I received from my work colleagues
  • for having my mum here – nothing compares to having your mum around to look after you!
  • for a lovely soul at school making a loom band and gifting this to my son who wore it proudly home yesterday.

Linking up Ms Thankful herself, Rhianna, for Thankful Thursday.

What are YOU thankful for today?

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32 Responses

  1. I have a gratitude diary that I write in each night before bed. It is meant to improve sleep too, by having your last thoughts be of gratitude rather than anxiety.
    Sarah from Creating Contentment recently posted..feeling thankful (week 12)

    • Kirsty says:

      I think that’s a great idea Sarah – I might try and do the same thing as I often have trouble settling my thoughts for sleep. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Love this post. Thank you. We have a gratitude book at our house, and each time our family sits down to dinner together (this doesn’t happen every night – life it too busy) we get out the gratitude book. Each person writes one thing they are grateful for from the day, and reads it to the rest of us. Our family love this tradition, particularly when we take some extra time to read past entries xx
    Leanne Faulkner recently posted..Am I not pretty enough???

    • Kirsty says:

      That is an awesome tradition Leanne. We are trying to have dinner as a family every night too and we ask everyone to share the best bit of their day, which is similar in a way. Quite amusing to hear the rather random answers that we get from our three little bears! Love the idea of writing them down and creating even more memories x

  3. Rach says:

    Your list made me smile so much…my mum lives interstate so I know what you mean when we have our mums around. xxx Hope your week just gets better xxx
    Rach recently posted..Thankful for Funny Friends

  4. Gorgeous post Kirsty…& beautiful photos..xx
    sevenyearsinglemummy recently posted..It’s the C word…on Thankful thursday..

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks – I’m rather proud of those photos as I’m not known for my photography skills and they came out pretty good for me!

  5. Rhianna says:

    Beautiful post Kirsty, your comment about me being Ms Thankful had me smiling all day. I love your idea about being consciously thankful every day.
    Rhianna recently posted..Thankful Thursday

  6. ann says:

    Good luck with your thankful idea, I tried and failed a little similar one #100happydayschallenge some days I have really struggled to find something good that happened. I need to try a lot harder.
    ann recently posted..Thankful Thursday- Hungry caterpillar

    • Kirsty says:

      I know it’s not going to be easy – that’s why I’ve invited people to give me a nudge when it doesn’t happen! I hope you can get back to your challenge Ann – maybe we can help each other to see the good in each day?

  7. Love this Kirsty. I decided the same kind of thing earlier in the year, but it was more along the lines of finding the joy. It’s been lost along the way side with all the business, but I’m hoping to get back into it soon 🙂
    EssentiallyJess recently posted..I Love Flat Packs

    • Kirsty says:

      Good luck with that Jess – you have certainly been busy in recent times 😉 I’ve been thinking about this for a while and my last resilience session really rammed home how important it is to be purposely thankful every day. Recent events have just hammered this home a little more…hope I can keep it up so I can manage my mind and my life a little better x

  8. kathy says:

    It’s amazing how many things that give us joy or help us are right under our noses and we aren’t consciously grateful for them. Good luck with your thankful quest.
    kathy recently posted..Time for a cold shower – what do you REALLY want?

  9. Mumabulous says:

    Lovely. I do this too when I am feeling a bit blah.
    Mumabulous recently posted..Your Inner Voice

  10. Love this idea 🙂
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..I’m glad I got post natal depression

  11. Love this post Kirst, and go you for being so positive when it would be UBER easy to be negative. I am so happy that you have a fab hubby. xx
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..I’m proud to introduce to you: “Project: Calm Down Mum”

    • Kirsty says:

      He is rather fab – just don’t tell him or he’ll get a huge head 😉 Looking forward to being thankful everyday while practicing to be a calmer parent too!

  12. Tegan says:

    Love that you have been able to see the positives in your health scare. Tonight I am thankful for supervised play rooms at restaurants because it meant that Paul and I could have a semi romantic dinner together.
    Tegan recently posted..FFS Friday 21st March 2014

  13. Alicia says:

    I can totally understand how being thankful can make the hard times easier, and I am all for feeling better. I have often thought this may well be something I would benefit from undertaking. You may have convinced me, I am going to put it on my to do list xx
    Alicia recently posted..A busy intersection

    • Kirsty says:

      Do it Alicia – having someone else doing this too might just get me over the line in making it happen and keeping it going!!!

  14. So lovely, we try to write the best things of our days down at dinner time.
    Today I am thankful for a sleep in 🙂
    Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus recently posted..Gettin’ my bake on – Banana choc-chip muffins & Cheesy puffs

  15. It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s annoying you. Thanks for reminding me to stop and enjoy the positives!

  16. When you take the time to look there really is so much to be thankful for in each day. I need to get back to my 100 Happy Days project too!
    Emma Fahy Davis recently posted..Ninny

  17. I’ve been writing all about happiness and being thankful the last couple of weeks. It is really easy to do if you take 5 minutes to try. It always makes me warm and fuzzy to hear other people’s happiness stories. Even the little things.
    Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages recently posted..Happiness around your Home

  18. lisa says:

    What lovely thankfuls Kirsty. I visited Nathan’s blog earlier in the week, I think you are both on a new direction that will definitely benefit your whole family. Hope you are feeling better, I have been thinking that health scares or even big changes in people’s lives often mean they get rid of the negativity and let the positive able to come into your life. Shine Kirsty, Shine! PS. loving the fact you are blogging more about your life so we can get to know you better!
    lisa recently posted..How do you perceive Pain?

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