Monday, November 8, 2010

3 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge!!!

DAY 5 of 21~ Another Year

Happy Birthday to ME!!!!

I remember there was a time when I actually looked forward to these... Birthdays that is, and then I grew up.. When exactly that happened I can't honestly tell you, but it might have been around the time the birthday parties stopped.. (How ironic, I can be so superficial sometimes.. bwahahahaha)

But all in all I'm grateful to have had another year.

Despite the tears,
despite the fears,
I've had a blast
these 38 Years....

“The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything: the young know everything.” Oscar Wilde

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.

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    1. Happy Birthday!

      I am grateful for my family, and strangers I met who have a heart of a hero.

      Stumbled upon your lovely blog and following it.

      I am also inviting you to add your blog at - a mommy blogger directory and more, where you can also meet more mom bloggers like you.

      Following us back is deeply appreciated. Thanks and have a great day!

      BLR Graham -- blogging and connecting blogging moms.
      {all moms welcome}

    2. I hope you had a wonderful Birthday Lisa. And here is hoping life will bring you many more and also happiness forever.

    3. Thank you all for the well wishes... I DID have a great birthday... (=


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