Over the past 5 months we were lucky enough to have the help of many family and friends as I went through chemo treatment. As I liked to say it took a village to get the four of us through in one piece. Whether is was bringing over meals , babysitting, shoveling our snow, helping with laundry or just being an ear for us to talk to – we were fortunate enough to have it all.
I have been the lucky recipient of so much love over the past few months, lucky enough to experience first hand the goodness that exists in all of us, lucky enough to be able to say thank you so many, many times and mean it more than I ever have.Witnessing this goodness was pretty incredible and has inspired me to pass on that love in any way I can , in whatever way I can day by day.
The gratitude I felt reminded me of an important exercise that I used to do and have recently picked up again.
The bedtime I am thankful for…..
Before I go to bed at night I think of 3 things that I am thankful for – they can be big things like my health, my wonderful family and small things like the tickle fight I had with my daughter that got both of us laughing and smiling. Every time I do this little exercise it makes me happier than I was beforehand.
Some days will be easier to feel thankful than others. Challenging days are even better to try this out on! It will remind you of the good things in your life.
Think of 3 things you are thankful for. See what what you are thankful for in your mind’s eye and remember how it made you feel.
Those happy thoughts and that feeling of gratitude affects your brain in a good way and can change your mood, relax you and put you in a more positive frame of mind. If you do it at bedtime it creates a much better space for falling into a deep, restful and healing sleep. And we all need a little of that!
Try spreading that gratefulness even further by thanking people in your life more often. Expressing gratitude is powerful and it spreads good energy to those you share it with. It only takes a moment but can make a big difference in someone’s day.
So try it out for a week and see how you feel, you might be surprised at just how much you are thankful for. It’s so simple yet so powerful.