One of the eleven elements of Putting Positive Psychology Into Practice (link to my blog post on that topic here) is to Practice Daily Gratitude. I’ve created a habit, as part of my morning journaling, to write down “3 things I was thankful for yesterday”. Since I’ve often found inspiration in other blogger’s gratitude postings, and I’ve been feeling a bit down this past week, I thought it would be inspiring, for both myself and hopefully you, to look back on what I’ve been thankful for since moving to Florida. It’s another good mid-summer contemplation!
- We (I) only broke 4 small (glass) things in the move of 13,000 pounds of stuff. (That is one way to downsize.)
- Getting the main living room “box-free” at 6 weeks moved in, hubby helping me move furniture around multiple times to see what works best, and then hanging 60+ pieces of artwork. Whew!
- Checking off new doctor appointments (I call it the “-ist list”), new drivers license and registrations, and new Florida-based financial papers (wills, POAs, etc.).
- Feeling of belonging with my Florida Book Club. We are meeting outdoors or in large spaces; everyone vaccinated. (I think. I hope!)
- Hubby’s handyman abilities – from hanging artwork to fixing things to yard maintenance.
- Financial security allowing us to buy new fridge (needed) and plan a kitchen refresh (wanted).
- Boating with LP to Shell Key – on my wish list for years!
- Nursery explorations with DL and coming home with multiple new pots and plants (picture on this post is the favorite pot I bought).
- Dinner /lunch dates with new “compatible couples”. (Hoping to create a local foodies group over time.)
- SW continuing to provide Zoom Zumba.
- Normal days of yoga, reading, beach walks, and cooking.
- Figuring out new free source for my daily crossword.
- Peaches from The Peach Truck and learning to make peach smoothies (yum).
- Hurricane Elsa being a dud.
- Keeping connected to distant friends with FaceTime wine, virtual walks, and long chats.
- Mom continuing to be healthy, and starting to be able to go out & about post-pandemic.
- Increasing number of new things post pandemic – making new friends, joining local garden club, exploring shops, trying new recipes with fresh herbs & new spices (thanks LB for the gift of monthly spices!)
Looking back on my daily gratitude does help boost my mood and raise hope. I hope the local Red Tide (toxic algae bloom with massive fish kills) continues to subside. I hope our slide back into high Covid numbers can be halted as I was enjoying a return to doing things out & about. I hope you found my gratitude inspiring.
Do you do any form of daily gratitude?
Picture Credit: Me – one of my new flower pots!