Grateful people reported feeling 25 percent more happiness & energy and 20 percent less envy & resentment in several recent studies at the University of California. They also slept 10 percent longer each night & exercised 33 percent more if they wrote down what they felt thankful for. “Gratitude,” Lyubomirsky says, “is an antidote to negative emotions.”Spirit Magazine, Southwest Airlines
In the beginning of 2010, as the fireworks were lighting up the sky, I wrote down my resolutions. Now that I got to thinking, I never really shared those to you, or did I? Anyway, one of them was to say 'Thank You' to each and every blessing I receive. I am not a very spiritual person but my needs/wants seem to have dominated my conversations with God prior. I've read from the book Prayer of Jabez that 'ask, and thou shall receive.' While I still believe a lot in asking, specifically asking for what you want from God, it is with great joy that I share how much gratitude has made me incredibly happy over the past three months. Every night, before I go to bed, I enumerate things that made me happy for the day and give it all to Him. Looking back, I can say how vast my outlook in life has changed. I am no longer sad and apathetic and I have been breezing through life since.
In that respect, let me share some of the things I've really been thankful for these past few days:
Getting to know a different side of yourself every now and then and realizing
that while even if you've grown up, you like everything you've become from then.
Opera user for so many years now and there was this person who was able to convert me, my pickiness
Dang, Ranie and Chris @ Encore.
Finding out what lipstick Sandra Bullock wore to the Oscars' and that is:
Chanel Rouge Coco
And of course, Manny Pacquiao retaining his title as Welterweight Boxing Champion of the World: