Recently, I asked my readers to send me lists of what they were grateful for. *Side note: I’m still accepting these lists and am happy to share them in upcoming articles. Please send to me (can be anonymous) at: estherATestherkane.com.
Because being positive and grateful is contagious, I figured that if we all started sharing the good things in our lives with other women, we’d be lifted up and inspired to start focusing on the positives in our lives. This focus on the positive is what I call a healthy ‘mental habit’ which I suggest all of my clients adopt if they want to feel happier and healthier over the long run.
I was so thrilled by receiving the following lists and decided to group them into separate categories. I was personally touched and uplifted by reading these and my hope is that they will do the same for you. Please feel free to pass them on to anyone in your life who needs reminding of the positives. Enjoy!
Depression/Eating Disorder Recovery Gratitude List
Having my dog lick my arm
Talking to my closest girlfriend on our weekly call
Hearing that my niece with Asperger’s syndrome is settling into school well!
Eating my favourite food for lunch: grilled cheese sandwich
It’s my day off!
Wanting to get out of bed in the morning
Colouring and journaling to work through my emotions rather than eating
Empty Nest/Midlife Gratitude List
Insight that guides me
Grown children who aspire to paint their corner
Ability to be patient
A meaningful job that I enjoy
Nutritious food + good health
Loving friends + siblings
Inspiration from reading
Access to the arts + spiritual realm
A significant other who nurtures, accepts + shares great humor
Lovely environment +nature that surrounds me
the beautiful province I live in (BC)
great friends and family
Healthy – in its many forms… body, mind, food, lifestyle, family, friends, environment.
Trauma Survivor Gratitude List
early morning snuggles with my youngest daughter
seeing the ocean every time I pull out of my neighborhood and the grounding it gives me
feeling a soaring connectedness to the earth and all its elements while I ski down a snow-covered mountain
having a job where I feel valued
sun on my face in a quiet moment
my daughter being able to talk to me about her ever-changing body
a shared joke with my life partner
little baby miracles
the scent of a new baby
feeling connected to my brother by more than the blood that flows in our veins
being able to share my love of skiing with my kids
living near an ocean so I can see, hear, smell and touch it everyday
my own personal emotional strength
feeling like I survived my trauma
staying connected with old friends on social media
quiet nights at home with my family
star gazing in my back yard
hugs every day
Recovering from Major Illness Gratitude
walking into a room of my house and hearing my sweet cat begin to purr delightedly, just because I am in the same room as he is
the joy of cutting greenery and gathering flowers from my yard to make a few bouquets: some to give away, and one or more to keep to beautify a part of my house
laughter: light or hearty!
a phone call from a friend, or from my daughter, “just” to converse.
experiencing the thrill of the return of health and energy and fitness after years of being unwell! i.e. feeling younger and younger as the months pass by!
Professional Caregiver’s Gratitude
a warm bath after a long day’s work
going for a walk surrounded by lush green
having a restful sleep
making a delicious healthy meal and sharing it with those I love
being generous in a simple way
A Wise Grandmother’s Gratitude
I live in a democratic, peaceful country, rather than one ravaged by tyranny and war
I don’t live in a hurricane and flood zone
The wealth of good food I have to eat
Unlimited non-monetary resources (such as Internet and libraries) with which to educate myself
I live in a relatively moderate climate without extremes of temperature
My husband survived surgery with a general anesthetic last week
My granddaughters get excited when they see me
I woke up to a sunny day today
I’ve been able to help a friend in need of psychological support over the past couple of years – that she trusts me enough to open up to me and share her problems
The exhilarating workout I had in a gym followed by a nice walk today
Buy yourself a beautiful journal for your “Gratitude Journal”. Upon awakening each morning and just before falling asleep each night, take your Gratitude Journal out and write five things you are grateful for at that moment. Practise the Gratitude Journal writing twice a day for two weeks and then if you are inspired, please send me an email about how it changed your life for the better to: estherATestherkane.com