Groundhog Day is today…YAY!!  This morning, Punxsutawney Phil told us that there will be SIX more weeks of Winter.  Normally, I wouldn’t be happy about a long winter.  Instead of complaining about how much I hate winter, I’ve decided to be grateful.  It’s easy to get caught up and bitch and moan about the crappy things that may surround us.

I’m adding a weekly Day of Gratitude on the blog.  Thursdays are a great day for that.  I see gratitude as part of healthy living.  The more grateful we are each day, the more good things happen around us.  Being grateful forces us to look at this from another point of view.  Whenever we find something to be grateful for, things don’t seem so bad.  Trust me…Even in the worst of situations, there’s always something to be thankful for.

Don’t Get Caught Up in the Groundhog Day Trap

Groundhog Day

It’s easy to do the same thing over and over again and just complain.  But it’s also easy to start a gratitude practice.  Why not do the ‘easy’ that will benefit you?  Just do a few from the list and focus on repeating them.

  • Keep A Journal: Grab a notebook and jot down something you are grateful for RIGHT NOW.  It can be anything, regardless of how small it seems.  Aren’t you glad you had your coffee this morning?  Write it down!
  • Smile: A smile seems like the simplest gesture.  But it make someone’s day.  Plus, it doesn’t cost you anything and you feel good when you smile.
  • Meditate: Take a few minutes each morning to just clear your mind.  Set your timer for just 2-3 minutes to begin with.  Trust me, it works wonders.  If you need a little more guidance, try Headspace.
  • Share: You have plenty to give.  Whether it’s advice, time, money, talents, you have something that you can share with others.

Today, I’m thankful for Groundhog Day and Phil telling us it will be a long winter.  This gives me more time to wear my favorite boots.  See?  Doesn’t that feel better already?

Fun, Useless Fact:  I’ve never seen the movie, Groundhog Day, because I’m not a fan of Bill Murray.

 

Written by: Yokasta

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