What are you thankful for? There is power in positive thinking and practicing contentment; it has a profound impact on our mental, emotional, and physical health. When I posed the question to my very young students, “what are you thankful for…  what makes your heart happy?”,  their responses were so beautifully simple and instructive!

I was reminded to savour each moment, to experience joy and wonder in simple things. We are often discontented or disappointed that things are not going according to our plan. How could everything always unfold exactly as we would want, for our own individual needs and wishes? What if we stopped to enjoy pleasant moments when they come, and spent time dwelling on that, rather than on events or words or experiences that were challenging or difficult?

A gratitude journal may sound a bit fluffy, but it can have a tremendous transformative impact; before you go to bed, take a few moments to record some of the things that you are grateful for. Positive thinking, focus on the present moment, (and actually thanking people), can all have far-reaching benefits, for both yourself and others.

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