Gratitude practice = Happy home

True confession: I’ve been suffering from a bit of blog ennui. Call it a case of the blahgs.

rita's face

But it’s not just our blog and blogging that have me feeling so meh. Lots of things have been feeling blah. Some more than blah. (OK, a lot more than blah.)

There are some good reasons for this. What they are really doesn’t matter.

We all have our stuff.

messy desk top

There’s stuff and there’s *stuff.* Lately my head’s been feeling as junked up and chaotic as this desk top.

I think that’s the most important thing to note:  We all have stuff that can bring us down. And yet, some of us are definitely more happy than others.

While some “stuff” is tragic and heartbreaking and it’s impossible to be happy in the face of it (and inadvisable to try), I think it’s generally true that happiness is always more about what’s going on internally than externally.

rita looking glum

This shot was taken on a lovely day at a lovely park with the people I love most in the world. No one was fighting or fussing or otherwise unhappy–but (obviously) I wasn’t feeling the joy possible in such a day.

I am grateful for the reminder of that I received via a post from Purpose Fairy that popped up in several places over the past week or so. In it, she lists 15 things happy people do (that unhappy people don’t). One item on the list–practicing gratitude–is something I know to be a pathway to happiness.

I know it–from both research and past personal experience that confirms it–and yet I haven’t been doing it.

It doesn’t have to take long or be difficult. A gratitude practice can be as simple as taking the time to note three things in each day for which you can be grateful. You don’t have to write them down (though I recommend writing them down).

daffodils in the sun

Our gratitude list doesn’t have to be filled with big things. The other day I was grateful for a few moments to be alone with a cup of tea, a book, and some bright flowers in a sun-filled room.

In this blog we often focus on the repurposing and renewing of things, but as we all know, the most important things aren’t things. I’ve realized this week that I need to renew my habit of practicing gratitude. It really does work.

I’ve been thinking about how I might do this in a way that will both keep me accountable and invite others to join me. (Happiness loves company!)

And so I’ve got a little project to propose to you…

Here’s the project:

Rather than writing about it here on the blog, I thought I’d use our Facebook page for this project.

Every day this month, I’m going to post a comment (and a photo) on our page with my things to be grateful for.

I’m hoping you readers will join me by adding your own gratitude list to mine.

will hot chocolate

This image from yesterday will be in my first entry.

At the end of the month, I’ll check back in here with a post about how it’s gone.

Aaaand…that’s it. Simple. 

Let’s get started!

As soon as I hit “publish” on this post, I’m going to head to our FB page to write today’s gratitude list (for yesterday). If you don’t follow us on FB but want to follow along with this project, just like us here:

Really hope that you’ll head over there and join in with me. There’s synergy in numbers, you know?

cane watering the garden

So many things in this picture for which I’m grateful.