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A smattering of thankfuls for June

I’m a big proponent of the power of gratitude, and for a while I blogged my list of “thankfuls” as I developed my gratitude habit. It’s been quite a few years since then, so I thought I’d share a smattering of this month’s list. Maybe it’ll even inspire you to develop your own gratitude habit.

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

Brene Brown

Here goes:

  • watching a very noisy family of wrens in our woodpile
  • hummingbirds at my feeder
  • sunny mornings on my porch and the way the light comes through the trees
  • cloudy, drizzly mornings on my porch with a hot cup of tea
  • giggles from grandsons
giggles with grandsons
  • the kids working to get the yard looking nicer
  • date night with Ken and conversation without kid-interruptions
  • SO MANY sea turtle nests this season (60+ at the writing of this post)
  • days when the breeze + the temperature all cooperate to feel just right
  • successfully graduating Kathryn from high school {happy dance!}
  • having the patience to let the kids workout with me (occasionally) and how much of a kick they get out of it
  • the kids cheering me on as I attempted a harder progression toward my one-arm pushup, and the progress I’m making even though I’m not there yet
  • my SilverSneakers attendees, who seem to actually enjoy my dorkiness, and who make me smile every time we have class
  • having all 5 kids + the grandkids in one place {spoiler alert: it was loud}
  • watching the grandkids play with their cousins {did I mention loud?}
couch full of kids
  • Kathryn’s safe return from adventuring to a concert by her favorite band, and the fun she had with friends
  • hearing seagulls while I sit on my porch
  • hearing the ocean from my back yard when the wind is just right
  • beach days, and subsequently tired kids who sleep well
  • new (and on sale!) plant baby for my desk
plant baby for my desk

If you decide to establish your own gratitude habit, try writing down — or even just thinking — three things each day. You’ll find it easier if you get specific. Try it for one month and see how it changes your thinking.

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