introducing the november pursuit: gratitude
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie, Author & Journalist
As Kevin Evans put it, “There is an obvious formula for mental well-being: Have consistently good days = have a consistently good life.” And time and time again, having a good life circles back to one commonality: gratitude. Whether that’s gratitude for your health, your family, your career, movement, or maybe those few quiet moments in the morning with a steaming cup of coffee before the rest of the world awakens, practicing gratitude can drastically change your life–and for the better.
This month, we are focusing on what it means to be grateful, how to establish a daily gratitude practice, and exploring the diverse list of health benefits that are a byproduct of incorporating gratitude into your life. Through sharing the personal stories of how some individuals have found gratitude, even when life dealt them a bad hand, to exploring the ways in which being grateful can quite literally alter your brain, together, we’ll embark on the journey of better understanding what it actually means to be grateful and how to cultivate that consistently good life.
To help hold us accountable, we've got a challenge for you this month (and yes, we'll be participating as well). It's simple. Grab a notebook each morning and write down something you're grateful for. At the end of the month, we'll circle back and take a moment to reflect on how this practice has impacted our overall gratitude. Here are some quick prompts tp get you started:
How do you feel when you take a moment to find gratitude?
What person are you most grateful for?
What's something you did yesterday that you can try to do better today?