Joyful Reflections: What Lights Up Your Life?

Joyful Reflections: What Lights Up Your Life?


It’s that time of year where we put focus on gratitude. As cliche as it sounds, having a gratitude practice is one of the best ways to be happy, positive, healthy, and well.

This does not deny experiences that cause you trouble, but it can enhance your perspective, mindset, and physiology to stay well, prevent disease, or recover from illness. Practicing gratitude may improve the areas that are challenging with better problem-solving and more magic may happen in your life.

Steps that may increase a sense of gratitude and well-being:

  • Journal about things for which to be grateful.
  • Think about someone for whom you are grateful.
  • Write and send a letter to someone for whom you are grateful.
  • Meditate on gratitude (this may connect you to present-moment awareness).
  • Undertake the “Count Your Blessings” exercise (at the end of the week, write down three things for which you were grateful).
  • Practice saying “thank you” in a sincere and meaningful way.
  • Write thank you notes.
  • If spiritual or religious, pray about your gratitude.
  • Practice gratitude—find at least three things to be grateful for each day and feel how good this feels

Relationships and Love

The more you feel gratitude, the more you will likely develop a stronger sense of compassion and intuition for yourself and others. This may allow you to see and understand with clarity and more easily connect with a state of love. Relationships can improve—with yourself and others. Improving relationships and improving compassion for the self and others may help you to be more present and calm in your interactions with others, enhance healthy boundaries, and facilitate healthy relationships.

What are you grateful for?

Send me a note about what inspires you, gives you joy, and meaning and purpose in your life!

(Excerpts from the book, Intuitive Development by Emmy Vadnais.)

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