• Kat

Gratitude is all

Updated: Mar 30

I can't remember exactly when and where I started it, but the last few years I have been actively practising gratitude and without sounding too cringe it's been the biggest change in my life and has improved things in unimaginable ways. And it's free. And takes barely any effort.

What that means is either writing down or mentally listing things to be grateful for, when you can.

It might seem odd but it has changed my whole perspective and makes it so much easier to deal with times where things aren't going so well or I'm super tired and not feeling like being creative.

It might feel hard to think of things but you can start with something totally basic like 'I'm grateful to be alive' ‘there is clean water in my tap’ ‘ I am well’ and then find other things from there. It doesn't matter if it sounds silly, you can just think it in your head.

I usually start with 10 things and then once I start I can easily rattle off more. As you keep doing it you will find your brain looking for patterns and more things to be grateful for. Before you know it you are being ridiculously optimistic and having happier thoughts, things seem easier and stuff starts getting done.

Once you start feeling grateful for smaller things it starts adding up. So when I haven't felt like working this week I have tried to think of all the good things about getting back into painting and the fact I am able to do it at all.

Sometimes the best way forward is to stop and appreciate all the basic stuff so you can build on it when you feel the motivation or inspiration arise.

What makes you feel grateful? Let me know in the comments!

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All the love,

Kat Xx