I came across an article that says "people who recognize what they are grateful for lead happier, healthier lives". Robert Emmons, a professor at UC Davis says: "Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress, and to achieve a positive sense of self." Time Magazine notes: "People who describe themselves as grateful...tend to have higher vitality and more optimism, suffer less stress, and experience fewer episodes of clinical depression than than the population as a whole."
Today I picked up Women's Day Magazine and it had an article about keeping a grateful journal and recording what you are grateful for each day. I think my blog is a great place to journal what I am grateful for. It would be hard not to state the obvious; I am grateful for my wonderful family, my loyal friends and most of all I am grateful for Keith and Jack who truly make my life whole. Aside from those things that I am grateful for every second of every day, today I am grateful for the Stroll'n'Sculpt class on base. It gives me a reason to get out of the house and has increased my motivation in the exercise department. The "big" hill on the walk from my house has become a piece of cake. Pretty soon I'll be able to jog up it...okay...pretty soon being January..it's good to have a goal.
I like the idea of reminding myself what I am grateful for on a daily basis instead of the American tradition of once a year on Thanksgiving. So amidst the day to day adventures of the Webber clan I will share one of the innumerable details that make my life so beautiful and charmed.