Day 4 of 31. Laughter is the best medicine.
Taking time every day to practise gratitude has a number of different benefits including helping with conflict resolution, better health and improved sleep. One of the other benefits of gratitude is that it helps us to extract meaning from difficult situations.
Four days in to my challenge I am discovering that when thinking about what I am grateful for, I am also very tempted to think about what went wrong in my day. The urge to see the glass as half empty can be quite strong when I have a difficult day, but it is something I am determined not to do.
Instead I am determined to sort through the tough stuff in order to find the little gems that are hidden within.
This is not as simple as you think, but it can be done if I just think a little deeper.
So today, despite having a disastrous beginning, clumsy middle and a frustrating end, I am still going to post three things I am grateful for.
- Laughter. One of my friends from work sent me this “inspirational quote” this evening and it really made me giggle. Because if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you probably will be able to laugh at Kanye. Give it a try. It’s really not that hard.
Laughter really does make me feel better, definitely, 100% of the time. Which is why I spend a disproportionate amount of time watching Brooklyn nine-nine, and why I bought myself a “Terry Loves Yoghurt T.Shirt.” Maybe I will buy a Kanye t.shirt next.
What is your favourite TV show for having a laff? I’m always looking for something new. I would highly recommend “Utopia” on ABC and “Have you been paying attention” for laugh out loud moments.
2. Good teachers.
My little man celebrated 100 days of prep today and gee I really appreciate his smart, thoughtful and lovely teacher.
A really good teacher knows how to get stuff done while still seeing the unique ability and capability within their students.
And we all remember those teachers that made a difference in our lives, long after we move on from their classroom.
Namaste Miss Hodge, for working so hard and explaining so clearly and making sure that I always did my best.
Having a sense of purpose is so powerful and can help propel us forward toward our goals, even when we feel a bewildered and disappointed. A few weeks ago when I was having a very tough time, a very wise woman gave me this verse.
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
What a very awesome task.
But somehow, when I have been feeling frustrated and weary in my work, this has helped keep me on track.
So having a sense of purpose of in my life has been powerful and energizing and I am thankful for this.
What are you grateful for today? And do you have a sense of purpose in your work, home or personal life?
I hope so.
Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.