Thursday Thankful List

Understanding how much God loves us
Lazy Sundays
Afternoon naps
How joyful little kids are
Kaitlyn & Michelle:

The time 5 pm hits on Fridays
Not limiting myself
Friends who blog!
Texts from my grandpa
 Trips to the art museum:

Brie + bread
Reading poetry books
Newborn babies

Pictures of my parents when they were younger
Organizing my closet
Surprising other people
That weird mix of nervousness and excitement

Keeping life uncomplicated
My safety and health
When random strangers are just plain kind
Genuine laughter:

>>>Happy Thursday! Above you’ll find a small fraction of the things I’m thankful for today – what are YOU appreciating today? I’m reading a book now called Thanks! by Robert A. Emmons and already on chapter two know that this book is pretty life-changing. It’s already reminded me just how vital it is to count each and every blessing. In the next few Thursday Thankful List posts, I’ll be sharing what I’m learning about thankfulness and gratitude from the book. Here’s what I learned this week [taken from pages 4-5 of the book]- it’s important to think of gratitude in two stages.

  1. Gratitude is the acknowledgement of goodness in one’s life. In gratitude, we say YES to life. We affirm that all things taken together, life is good and has elements that make it worth living
  2. Gratitude is recognizing that the source(s) of this goodness lie at least partially outside of the self. Gratitude is OTHER-directed. We can be grateful to God, other people. animals, but not oneself.
Gratitude is different than all other emotions. You can be angry at yourself, pleased with yourself, proud of yourself or feel guilty for doing something. It’s bizarre to say you are grateful to yourself. Right? Thankfulness and gratitude is not just a feeling, but a LIFESTYLE. It also implies a level of humility, in that you could not be who you are or where you are at in life without the contribution of others.
So here’s to yet another thankful, grateful and positive Thursday queens! xoxo

One response to “Thursday Thankful List

  1. I love this list!! I can’t wait to meet up, seriously. You amaze me Andi!

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