Sunday, April 17, 2016
What's it all about?
I was first introduced to the concept of ‘gratitude’ by a friend who proclaimed that it had done wonders for her outlook on life. When you delve deeper into what it’s about, you can see why it may have had this effect; gratitude, allegedly, is partly about focusing on the things that make you happy in life instead of concentrating your thoughts on the negative things that make you unhappy. In Wikipedia terms it’s defined as, ‘the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness’, and in the publication Psychology Today, it is described as ‘an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants’.
In recent months, my
social media feed has been somewhat inundated with statements about how
important gratitude is to your success in life and business.
Why have I taken a bit of interest in this? Well, I will admit, despite my job being predominantly about enlightening and empowering people to make healthy lifestyle changes, I do not feel I focus enough on my own personal development. I know I probably expend too much energy thinking about some of the negative things going on in my life, and a week doesn't go by that I don’t adversely think about what I want and what I don’t have; sometimes this can make me a little dejected and sometimes it’s just a very quick passing thought whilst waiting for the train or a client. Either way, I can see how this type of thinking could potentially be destructive if I allowed it to be, and therefore I’m on a mission to explore and embrace this concept of gratitude a little more not only for me, but also possibly for the benefit of my clients. I've been encouraged to start with a Gratitude Journal. I’d love to hear about any of your journeys or thoughts on the concept of gratitude
Can I be flippant in all of this for a moment and say that I’m very grateful for being the lucky winner of one of my favourite fashion blogger’s (5 Inch and Up) give-away. I received this delightful pair of these bang-on-trend Aldo Rise mules; now I just need to get my toe nails painted and wait for the sunnier climes.
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