Living a Spirit of Gratitude Beyond Thanksgiving Day

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When surrounded by friends and family, incredible food, and fun, it is so easy to be grateful for the ways we are all blessed. And on this day every year, many of us reflect on what we are grateful for: our families, our faith, our freedom, and maybe even running water, a home, and a job. 

And there's a funny thing about gratitude; the more grateful a person is, the more joyful they become. Isn't that a relief? Rather than focusing on being happy, or "choosing joy", we can simply reflect on the things we are grateful for and joy will follow. 

I've heard from many personal growth junkies whose work I follow (confession: if you didn't already know, I am a personal growth junkie) that a gratitude journal is the gateway to developing internal peace.

In a gratitude journal, write 5 things every day that you're thankful for. They can be simple or complex, but the habit of writing them down acknowledges their place in your life. No matter how hard times get, we can all think of 5 things to be grateful for, even if number 1 starts with Running Water, because God knows how many people in this world still do not have such a luxury.

I want to let you know how grateful I am for you, and for how you've helped form a community through this site. I'm grateful for your support, your kind words, and encouragement as I grow. Most of all, the 5 things I am grateful for today are: my family-- especially my amazing husband and beautiful daughter, the improvement in my health as I battle autoimmunity, my friendships near and far, little luxuries in my day like Bulletproof Coffee and new beauty products, and my faith, which fills me with purpose, solace, fulfillment, and inspiration each and every day. 

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!