WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN A DAY THAT ENCOURAGES THE MASSES TO SHARE IN WHAT THEY ARE THANKFUL FOR?
Today it seems most appropriate to highlight something that has changed the way I perceive and interact with the world:
noun: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Have you ever noticed how contagious gratitude is? How quickly it can bring joy into any situation?
About a year ago, I took the advice of one my lecturers at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I began a gratitude practice. This came in the form of jotting down 3 things for which I was grateful each morning. The result? After only 1 week, I noticed a shift. I was already feeling happier and more optimistic than I had in awhile. After 2 weeks, I was hooked.
I think we've all heard about the power of positive thinking... but I believe what gratitude does is take this concept one step further. By focusing on the positives in your life AND THEN truly being humbled by and grateful for them can really take your happiness to a new level.
One of my favorite quotes:
“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
So what would your life look like if you infused a little more gratitude into it? Pretty cool I bet. I would challenge you to adopt a gratitude practice. Even if it's just for a week or two! You'll be spreading the joy in no time.
Now for the FOOD! Here are 3 healthy, whole-food recipes I'll be making for my extended family this Thanksgiving eve:
ALMOND PATE APPETIZER
POMEGRANATE CHOCOLATE BARK