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3 Aug 2018

Gratitude and Self-Love

The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

As we’re already past the halfway point of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on what we have done and what we have. 

What I’m most grateful for

God - without my strong faith and belief in God, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. I’ve been through some tough challenges that I thought I could never get through but here I am today still standing and going after my dreams. I truly thank God. 

I know and trust that God has placed me on this earth for a reason. I live to fulfill my purpose that will always glorify God first and make an impact on the lives of others.

God is good -Gratitude

Family - my family is my biggest and strongest support system. I’m so grateful for my mother who believes in me even when I don’t and my love who always supports my crazy ideas even though he wants to be logical about things. 

Natalie-Claire Luwisha

Progress - although I feel I should be a lot more ahead in life right now: dream career or business, I’m proud of the progress I am making. It may be slow but it’s still progress. Be proud of each and every step you take towards your goals.  

We often forget to celebrate our progress while on the journey towards our goal but it is important to celebrate every milestone and create the habit of celebrating yourself at each stage of your journey. 

Slow and steady wins the race!

Benefits of Gratitude

We might not always feel like being grateful but gratitude has a way of changing our perspectives and there are many benefits to practicing gratitude: 

1 - Joy - being grateful makes us happy people and hence others are happy to be around us. When we appreciate what we have it brings us joy.

2 - Optimism - knowing what we are grateful for makes us realise how much good there is in the world. Whether we are grateful for the things we have, our accomplishments or the people who have come into our lives unexpectedly. 

3 - Gratitude can reduce stress and improve your health. The joy we feel when we are grateful makes us worry less. Thus reducing the negative effects of stress on our bodies.  Gratitude can increase your energy, improve your sleep and it gives us a longer life. 

How can you be more grateful: Some Practical Tips 

Try to have a daily or weekly gratitude practice - this can be in many forms, e.g: 
  • Write a list of 3 things you are grateful for today 
  • Have a gratitude walk - where you ponder upon all that you’re grateful for as you talk a short/ long walk 
  • Take on a 30-Day Gratitude Challenge 
  • Call someone and tell them how much you appreciate them 
  • Be kind to someone you don’t know for you might never know the difference it will make in their lives 

Even in our darkest moments there is always something to be grateful for, being alive is one of them and even the smallest things can change your whole outlook on life. The more things you look for that you are grateful for the more you will find. 

For me, gratitude and prayer has been an essential part of survival through many challenges in life and I continue to be grateful for what I have and especially for those around me.

Tell me in the comments below what are you grateful for?

Natalie-Claire x 

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