I may not have always understood you.
I may not have always been nice to you.
I may have said some awful things to you.
I may have had horrific thoughts.
I may have even hated you at times.
But I have ALWAYS loved you.....
and now that it's MY turn to be misunderstood, picked on, spoken ill of, hated AND be called MOTHER I am more grateful to have you than EVER before...
I have the most amazing, strong willed, soft hearted woman as my mother, and could not have asked for a better teacher, confidant, and friend.
I Love you MOM!!!
A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy C. Fisher (1879-1958)
Did you know gratitude is good for your health? Fortunately, a positive attitude can be cultivated, with a little practice. Although we are born with specific temperamental tendencies, the brain is a muscle, and you can strengthen your mind’s natural tendency toward optimism if you work at it. There are some great tips on gratitude development Here.
"Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations," Emmons tells WebMD.
Researchers have found that positive thinking and gratitude can help....
- lower your blood pressure
- help you lose weight
- decrease your risk of developing depression, phobias, bulimia and alcoholism
- Relieve stress (which in itself can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer)
So let's practice gratitude this month! In honor of Thanksgiving month, we want to do a 3 weeks (21 days) of Thanks Challenge.
“Our feelings are not under our control, so we cannot feel grateful by simply commanding it. Besides, it is not wise to wait for a time of grief or crisis before one starts the process of practicing gratitude. In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” -- Brother David Steindl-Rast
Here's how to play: Every day till Thanksgiving Day, I will post something I am grateful for, and I invite you to join in and do the same.
The "To-Do- Institute" is actually offering a month of gratitude Course starting November 10th.