7 Days of Gratitude: Learning to Love the Simple Things

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I had finished reading "The Gratitude Diaries" by Janice Kaplan way before I consciously started my journey to a more simple life, & I remember absolutely loving the whole idea of gratitude. All I had to do was start being grateful for the things in my life to start reaping all the benefits? Sign me up!

After finishing the book in less than 24 hours (which is about the author’s year of committing herself to the practice of gratitude), I printed out some sheets of paper with lines on them, taped them to the wall above my desk & vowed to write down at least one thing every single day that I was grateful for.

I'm pretty sure my gratitude hype lasted a little more than a week. After that, things started to settle down and I went back to my non-gratitude-practice way of life.

 
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But after seeing the profound effect of gratitude on the author’s life, the idea has been floating around in the back of my mind. So now, I've decided to try to recommit to the practice of being grateful & see how it can help lead a more simple life.

I grabbed my copy of "The Gratitude Diaries” off my shelf, wiped off the small layer of dust, & thus began my week of gratitude.

 As times are getting busier, it’s always nice to reflect on the things in your life that are good.

 
 
On the off-chance you won’t live forever, maybe you should try being happy now.
— Janice Kaplan, The Gratitude Diaries
 
 

 

Day One, Sunday

So today was fairly uneventful which was good because last week was kind of crazy, so I guess I’m thankful for that. My friend surprised me by taking me out to dinner and I had the most delicious burger and milkshake I’ve had in a while!

I am so grateful to have such great friends that care about me and being able to stay in and watch Netflix for a few hours to recover from my hectic week.

 

Day Two, Monday

Back to the grind! I packed myself an absolutely delicious salad that I was so excited to eat for lunch, and went to the gym with my friend and got in a good sweat!

I am so grateful that I have a well-functioning body that is strong and capable, and for being able to afford the healthy vegetables that I ate today. 

 
 

Day Three, Tuesday

So today I forgot one of my most important folders at home today so I had to make it through the day without it, which wasn’t much fun, but on the bright side I was able to work on some things that I had been putting on the back burner for some time now, and I ate the most delicious chocolate cupcake at lunch because I decided to treat myself!

I am grateful that I was able to work on some things that I hadn’t found the time until now to work on. I’m also really grateful for chocolate. 😃 

 
 
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
— Janice Kaplan, The Gratitude Diaries
 
 

 

Day Four, Wednesday

Today I’m basically halfway done with my gratitude challenge! Today was pretty chill, and I am grateful for the meditation practice at the end of my yoga class that really helped to calm and center me at the end of a long day.

 

Day Five, Thursday

I got to see my friend who lives over three hours away today! She took the time out of her week to come and visit me and we went out to dinner and I had some delicious Pad Thai.

I am so grateful that I have such amazing and dedicated friends that are willing to drive over three hours to visit me!

 
 

Day Six, Friday

I am so grateful that it’s Friday! End of story! (I’m also grateful for my friend who bought everyone little Hershey chocolate kisses and handed them out at lunch. 😃 )

Day Seven, Saturday

We’ve made it to the lsat day!

I am so grateful that I was able to take the trip to Boston today and eat some very good food and shop around with some of my friends. I am so grateful that I have the means to make the trip, and that I have such fun and amazing friends.

What I Learned

I’m not naturally an optimist. Just gonna throw that out there. So somedays if I was a little stressed, it was hard to think about things that I was grateful for.

But thinking about the things that I was grateful for immediately snapped me out of any mood I was having.

There is so much to be grateful for. Especially the simple things.

There were days when nothing major happened or I didn’t really do anything, but I could still be grateful for the food that I ate for lunch or when someone smiled at me as we were crossing paths.

Even if you don’t adopt a full-fledged gratitude practice, I would challenge you to write down 5 things that you are grateful for everyday, for a week.

You can see how life changing the practice of gratitude is for yourself! And why not? It’s simple, quick, and you’ll be learning to love the simple things, whether it be a cup of tea or a Netflix episode, in no time. 

 

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