Midweek Gratitude

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Houses in the French Countryside TJ Paris Photography

It is Wednesday already and I find shockingly that is two weeks since the last Midweek Gratitude post.

I attended a very interesting seminar recently that showed that tests on people to measure levels of “happiness”, contentment and calm were improved if you spent a moment each day contemplating and mentioning three things for which you are grateful. It makes sense really. The brain, like any other organ, can be altered by regular exercise and focussing on positive experiences helps to strengthen the neural pathways that maintain and identify positive feelings and experiences. Depression is the difficult opposite and why people can’t just “get over” depression. Your brain has developed strong neural connections to the areas associated with detecting stress, generating feelings of sadness and an increased awareness of the parts of our lives that are stressful or cause anxiety.

You have to give your brain a break and time for it to redirect thought into more helpful channels. You don’t get six pack abs by doing one sit up. You don’t go from depressed to happiness and ease by contemplating one good thing. But the more times you do it the more the body and the mind improves.

So take the time to sit and reflect on three things (any more is too much so the science suggests) each day and it can make a substantial difference to your state of mind in the long run.

And if you don’t feel it is making a difference straight away then at least you have spent a moment or two looking for good things in your day.

Best wishes to you all.

  1. I am grateful that today we had a real downpour of rain (and I was inside)
  2. I am grateful for the friendly smiles of my students and sharing a laugh in class
  3. I am grateful to have friends to listen to me when I try to make sense of the world

If you would like to take a moment to share your gratitude this week then leave your three gratitudes in the comment section πŸ™‚

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29 Comments

  1. I missed doing this last week! Glad you’re back to reminding me. πŸ™‚ That’s gratitude item 0.5.
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    1) So grateful to have an old friend who’s moved far away back “home” visiting her parents for the next several weeks with lots of time for catching up.
    2) Glad to find that, after several months and 86 posts, my brain still runneth over with ideas I’d like to write about on my own blog. (Finding the time to actually write them all is slightly less straightforward.)
    3) Preposterously pleased to finally score a copy of a used book I’ve been seeking, and at a reasonable price. The library kept demanding theirs back before I could finish with it. It’s a book I need to spend lots of time with, not a quick read.
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  2. Bravo, wonderful post, TJ! I’m wondering though if I’ve misread something–the statement regarding whether folks can get over depression–should it be “can”, or “can’t”? No urgency, but if you could clarify this, I’d be delighted and maybe no longer depressed πŸ™‚ And thanks much for the reminder–I’ve not written my Gratitudes post…ai yai yai, after lunch!

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    1. Oh dear! You are quite right. I have corrected the “can” to “can’t” (disappointingly) But as that annoying and completely spoilt Scarlet Ohara so tritely said…Tomorrow is another day!

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      1. No worries whatsoever–I proved that I do actually read posts; and as you wrote this so well, I wanted to check whether I was simply befuddled–yes indeed, tomorrow will likely be another day πŸ™‚

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        1. I am sure I would have thought the same. I hate major changes in the appearance of things of the computer. I am always sure I have been “hacked”.

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  3. 1. I’m grateful for this post to remind me of the power of gratitude!
    2. I’m grateful for my health and my body – for taking me into a new day feeling good
    3. I am grateful that I have woken up today with all the people I love most in the world, still in it.

    XXX

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  4. Thanks for this lovely post. I am grateful for :
    1. My Dad’s example – he lived and breathed gratitude and showed me how to appreciate life.
    2. Being able to walk and run in nature every day.
    3. Our 3 cute and amusing rescue kitties who keep us entertained.

    I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s poem is about gratitude in case you have time to look? Sam πŸ™‚

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    1. Sorry for the delay in replying to you! Thanks so much for sharing and I will definitely be checking out your blog. Best wishes from Western Australia. TJ

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        1. Thanks so much. I visited Switzerland last year. Perhaps it is just being a tourist, but I have never seen such a wonderfully idyllic place. Of course, coming from Western Australia where we never see snow, the mountains were just so magical for us.

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          1. I am so delighted to hear it. It is easy for a tourist to think that a place is perfect, but when you live in a place and love it…that is the best. Australia is also a very “lucky country” (as it is called) but it is much more about beaches and sunshine πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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          2. I so envy the English skin. I am 47 but know I look a lot older. All my English friends look 10 years younger than their ages. Living in a sunny paradise has its disadvantages. 😦

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