Our 2013 gratitude jar commitment has gone better than I’d dared to hope.
Quite frankly I’d envisioned the project as something Id have to nudge the Tornado to grow enthusiastic about.
To my surprise, it’s SHE who usually grabs our pretty pink papers & announces it’s time to write down our thankful thoughts:
She enjoys both the process of writing down her gratitude & the experience of revisiting the thoughts.
(so much for the uber-rigid plan of NOT re-reading until New Years Eve 2013. we misfits be a fluid bunch…)
Thanks to this process—only 78 days in—Ive discovered I view gratitude in an wholly different way.
- Ive always possessed a general sense of gratitude.
- Ive always been keenly aware, even during my most strapped days, I am blessed BEYOND COMPARE & it’s incumbent upon me to be grateful and give back.
- Ive not always followed the notion of “sometimes the things for which we should be most grateful are the problems we do not have.“
Ive spent a great deal of time pondering (and living) that concept the past few months.
Ive also spent time considering the notion of a happiness set point which asserts various factors can nudge our happy-levels up or down but we’re pretty much destined to the same place.
(think weight set point but with your happy.)
Most interesting to me is the only factor which purportedly can change this genetically-determined set point of happiness is gratitude.
Whether you are a naturally happy person or not (Im grateful to be a “my glass is overflowing–may I pour some in yours?” gurl) continually working those gratitude muscles can help you *break through* a happiness set point plateau.
Research indicates FORTY PERCENT of happiness is determined by intentional activity.
We control much of our destiny. Our HAPPINESS GUNS may be loaded—but we dont have to pull that trigger.
Whatever you do–commit to living with intentional gratitude activity.
Today my happiness and gratitude are both sky high.
Im grateful to be stealing this one away for a SURPRISE trip soon (she knows it’s almost spring break…but knows not we’re running away):
- What problems are you grateful NOT to have today?
- Do you believe we possess the power to change our happiness set point?
- Wanna come by & yammer at the husband
since we’re abandoning himwhile the child & I go frolic?