Sunday, February 10, 2013

Day 10 - Follow a Threshold Ritual

{Gratitude is a key to a happy life. People who cultivate gratitude get a boost in happiness and optimism, feel more connected to others, are better liked and have more friends, and are more likely to help others—they even sleep better and have fewer headaches. 
Nevertheless, it’s challenging to cultivate gratitude. It’s easy to take for granted the people closest to us—and perversely, the more reliable and familiar a person is, the more likely we are to take that person for granted!
To remind yourself to feel grateful for the people you love, consider taking a moment each time you enter or leave your house to reflect lovingly on your home and the people you see every day.
Resolve to “Follow a threshold ritual.” In the tumult of daily life, it’s so hard really to see the everyday, to realize how precious it is, and to feel grateful for it.}

I've actually been working on this for quite some time now. I was grateful to see this one in here and remind myself to really truly do this. When I come home from work I often want to tell Jeff about everything I experienced at work, but I have found that I usually only share the stressful things that went on. For me it's a way of calming myself down, sharing it makes it feel better in my head. However, Jeff and I have talked about this and for him it's like giving him all my stress. I share it and I don't think about it anymore, but for him it's like dealing with it on his own. I have learned it's better to share the positive things. Which are few and far between but much better effect. So, when I come home I sometimes talk them out so it's like I shared them outloud and then I put them away. I don't think of them anymore. Sometimes it's easier to think then to actually do. But it's something that makes our relationship much happier. Love this challenge today what a great reminder.

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