11 Sep AUGUST RESOLUTIONS
August was my month focused on gratitude. Following on from the July where my resolutions swarmed around the concept of positivity. I was lead to many overwhelming moments of gratitude. Gratitude for my husband, my amazing friends, supportive family, and for myself. July exposed me to a deep understanding of how I can shift the direction of my life and serve myself a number of positive experiences. I am the change. My ability to engage in positive life experiences allowed me to see the beauty in every day. It seemed very fitting to have a commandment to ‘be grateful.;
My research lead me to the definition of the word gratitude. It is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings.
‘Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives.’
With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.
Harbouring my new found appreciation for looking on the bright side, I wanted to formalise the act of being more grateful this month. My health resolutions was to do just that – ‘be grateful.’ As I will discuss in upcoming posts, I set this resolution to build habits around fostering gratitude and also encouraging others to do the same. In my marriage, I had worked a lot on being more positive, offering compliments and showing quality affection in previous months. To wholeheartedly display my gratitude to my husband for all that he does I aimed to give him ‘proofs of love.’ This was almost like providing clear pieces of evidence to SHOW him how grateful I am to have him. My resolutions for friends and family were similar and focused on being generous. I had worked hard on deepening the connections with friends and family in the lead up. And, just like with my marriage resolution, I wanted to give the people in my life clear cut evidence for how they positively impacted upon my everyday life. To ensure I had daily experiences to be grateful for, my resolution to ensure a little fun and pleasure in my life was to start a project. I hypothesised that by taking time for myself each day, that I would have precious ‘me time’ moments to be grateful for.
Gratitude is the best medicine. It heals your mind, your body and your spirit. And attracts more things to be grateful for. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you to highlight how much the act of gratitude can shine a different light on how you operate in your everyday life and lead to optimal happiness.